Delhi still has a long way to go to be a woman-friendly city. And we’re not just talking crime here.
A safety audit has found that two busy locations in south Delhi, Hauz Khas and Mehrauli, have no public toilets for women — a basic convenience.
“While Mehrauli has three urinals, there is no toilet for women. This despite it being one of the city’s busiest bus terminals as well as a market frequented by many. The bus terminal doesn’t even have a toilet for its staff,” said the NGO Jagori, which has been commissioned by the women and child development department to conduct the survey.
An ongoing exercise, the audit will cover other parts of south Delhi and then move further afield to the rest of the city.
Its other findings were that women refrain from using certain subways in the city due to safety issues, avoid market places after dark and have had to change their routines due to poorly-lit streets.
“The main purpose of this audit is to ensure women feel safe in the city and that there is public participation in achieving the aim. Once the audit is completed, the NGO will send the report to the department. We will then forward it to the agencies concerned for corrective measures,” said Kiran Walia, minister for women and child development.