Delhi civic bodies asked for status of public toilets for women

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 08, 2013 17:20 hrs

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday directed the civic bodies to file status report on the availability of exclusive public toilets for women in the city.

A division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Indermeet Kaur asked the Municiapl Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the New Delhi Municipal Board and Delhi Cantonment Board to file status reports within three weeks on a PIL seeking court's direction for set up and maintenance of public toilets for women.

The bench further asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to also file a separate status report on the issue and posted the matter for May 15.

Advocate Ashok Agarwal, who was the petitioner, told the bench that civic authorities have failed to perform its duty as there is a lack of sufficient public toilets for women in the city while most of them available are not functioning.

"There are only few public toilets in the city. If there are toilets they are unhygienic, not functioning, no water, no security... Even drug addicts are found there," Agarwal said.

He added that with the lack of public toilets in the city, safety too is also an area of concern for women when they visit public toilets.

Agarwal told the court that a survey was carried out in the south Delhi and New Delhi area, where it was found that there are few women toilets, and most are non-functional.

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