Women councillors can no longer play House with their husbands when at work.
After some men sneaked into meetings to help their wives answer questions or get project files signed, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has banned their entry in the House.
“We have issued directions that relatives or spouses of women councillors can’t get inside the hall,” corporation leader Mahender Nagpal told Hindustan Times.
No one but only councillors will be allowed in the meeting hall. Non-members interested in the proceedings can go to the visitors’ gallery.
A permit signed by the councillors — even for the husbands — would be their ticket to the gallery, he said.
The north corporation has 104 councillors, 53 of them are women as half the seats in Delhi’s civic bodies are reserved for them.
But many men say it is only natural that they “help” their wives — because they know better.
“I was a councillor in the previous MCD but after 50% seats were reserved for women, my seat went to my wife. Naturally, I’m more experienced and know better. I come here to guide her,” said Sanjay Gupta, whose wife Manisha is the Sultanpuri south councillor.