Prominent streets must have toilets for women: Court

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MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday said prominent streets in cities must have toilets for women, while hearing a PIL for enforcing the right to pee for women and non-availability of toilet facilities for them.

A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and A S Gadkari heard the PIL for replicating the Pune model in cities. The judges chided civic bodies last week for not understanding the purport of the PIL. The judges explained that it was regarding women who use the streets.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s advocate Komal Punjabi submitted an affidavit and provided statistics of water closets, urinals and baths provided for women in Mumbai. “Go to any major road in the city. Go and see if toilets are available,” said Justice Oka. Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s advocate Sandeep Marne said, “If a woman has to travel from Borivli to Fountain by car and needs to use a toilet, there is nothing.” Agreeing, Oka added, “Look at any road around the high court. Where are the facilities?”

Punjabi said BMC had embarked on a programme to identify and construct pay-and-use toilets. Eleven sites have been identified on the Eastern/Western Express highways and 96 near railway stations, footpaths, bus-stops and playgrounds. She said BMC was working with Right to Pee, a federation of women organisations seeking a solution for deficiency of women’s toilets in Mumbai.

The judges said they will direct municipal commissioners to take the help of NGOs and come out with a solution.

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