In India, two men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being held for allegedly killing two children for defecating in the open.
Indian police say Roshni, 12, and Avinash, 10, were attacked on Wednesday while defecating near a village road.
BBC reports that the children’s family revealed that they had no toilet at home.
Roshni and Avinash were cousins. Avinash’s father, Manoj, says he cannot afford to build a toilet at his house.
Police superintendent Rajesh Chandel was quoted by the BBC Hindi’s Shuraih Niazi as saying that “The two children were beaten to death with sticks. We have registered a murder case against both the accused. They are being questioned.”
The children who are Dalits come from Hindu caste system and face widespread discrimination in India despite laws protecting them.
Open defecation is a major problem in India. Millions of poor Indians are unable to build toilets putting women and children at risk.