Aspirations bring girls to schools, lack of toilets drives them away
47% schools in the country do not have toilets for girls, forcing them to skip classes or drop out totally
New Delhi: Rukiya Khatun, 16, often skips breakfast before going to school, and feels tired and sleepy in the classroom, missing out on important lessons. The reason: lack of clean toilets at her school. Khatun is not alone. Scores of her schoolmates prefer to skip breakfast or a meal during recreation period to avoid having to use the toilet.