"No toilet, no bride."
May 8, 2009
India's considerable shortage of women
(the sex ratio is 12% out of balance at birth
) means that women have more leverage than they might've had in the past when it comes to marriage. One of the results is a slogan called "No toilet, no bride
", out of which mothers are insisting that their daughters' suitors have indoor plumbing. It's just a small example of how the well-developed municipal wastewater infrastructure
we have in the United States is too easily taken for granted.
last revised May 2009