Posted: 18/11/2016 at 18:58
My understanding is that in some parts of rural India there is a fair amount of resistance to using toilets. It's a change from a centuries old way of doing things which is considered by some to be much more hygienic than using a toilet.
I remember, back in the late 1950s, our local village postmistress telling us very proudly that they were having a bathroom installed in their pretty thatched cottage.
She then added that she was having a flush w.c. installed in the shed that had housed the privy in the garden.
Ma asked why she wasn't having the toilet in the bathroom?
Mrs E looked appalled and said, "I'm not having people doing that in my house!"
And she never did - not until she died and her daughter took over the Post Office in the 1980s was there an indoor toilet at the village post office.