A day after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) ordered hotels, restaurants and eateries in the national capital to allow women and children to walk in and use their toilets for free, city women have welcomed the decision.
They, however, add that a decision on similar lines should also be taken by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.
Lavanya Gupta, an economics (honours) student, said, “It is a commendable step taken by the SDMC. A similar policy should be framed by the UT civic body. Basic amenities like clean public toilets are lacking in the city and women have to suffer. I requested a hotel owner once to use the toilet and his reply was rude.”
“Chandigarh should learn from this move. One has to hunt for a public toilet in the city markets. Even if one finds it, it is too dirty to be used. The city should pass a policy wherein women aren’t hesitant before using hotel washroom for free,” says a Sector-22 resident Seema Indoria.
Welcoming the move, Rozy Handa, a Zirakpur resident says, “Every woman must have had to suffer because of this issue. Women get hesitant before seeking permission to use washrooms. Chandigarh MC should not wait and immediately make a similar policy for the city as well.”
Meanwhile, Hotel and Restaurant Association president Arvinder Pal Singh says, “This is not a new decision. In Chandigarh, nobody stops people from using toilet facilities in hotels and restaurants. People come, have water, use washrooms and leave. Who can stop them from using the facilities?”
Chandigarh MC should also frame a similar policy. Basic amenities like clean public toilets are lacking in the city. I remember once requesting a hotel owner to let me use the toilet and and his reply was rude.
Lavanya Gupta, economics honours student
It is a great move and Chandigarh should learn from it. One has to hunt for a public toilet in city markets and if one finds a public toilet, it will be too dirty to use. A similar rule needs to be made here.
Seema Indoria, Sector-22 resident
I support the decision. Though, I have two shops in the market 22 and 23, so I don’t face any difficulty. But I have seen other women suffering. I have seen them getting hesitant before seeking permission to use washrooms. We await a similar polic here.
Rozy Handa, a Zirakpur resident
This is not a new decision. In Chandigarh, nobody stops people from using the toilet facilities in hotels or restaurants. They are our guests, how can we stop them? People come, have water, and use washrooms and leave.
Arvinder Pal Singh, president, Hotels and Restaurants’ Association