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Some political candidates in India must prove they use a toilet

Some political candidates in India must prove they use a toilet

A growing number of states in India are imposing a new requirement on candidates for local office: They must use a toilet.

The western state of Maharashtra this week became the latest to pass a law requiring those running in municipal and village-level elections to present proof that they have access to a working toilet. A total of five Indian states — with combined populations of nearly 400 million people, or roughly one-third of the country — have enacted similar legislation over the past two years.

That’s no small demand in a country in which an estimated 40% of people — including more than half in rural areas — lack access to safe,...

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