Women Empowerment & Toilets in Public Places

Women Empowerment & Toilets in Public Places

I am not someone, who celebrates and get happy on “Women’s Day”. I feel it is more like an event and hardly play any significant role in women empowerment. Most of the women feel empowered because of the family or friends. I am one of those who always got equal if not more support in life in comparison to my brother. But at the same time, when I travel or go out after sunset then I have to keep my family updated about my whereabouts…. Why…. not because they don’t trust me but because they don’t trust the people & society in general. It’s simple, you can trust own but not unknown people or surroundings. I understand their concern and it doesn’t bother me because I know how much they are worried for my security. So….We don’t need a day to celebrate womanhood, we need a mindset where everyone understands and behave with dignity. We need to groom out sons to be a man, who understand how to treat a woman and how to maintain their dignity. At the same time, we also need to teach our girls that they need not play the card of weaker gender or “Bichari” (Poor girl) and don’t try to take advantage of being a woman.
I hope that I will see some constructive change in the mindset of our society in my lifetime.Now I come to the part, which is related to women and travel. I wanted to write about this for some time but could not because of time constraint (Or due to my laziness) today when I decided to write few lines on women’s day after getting some sweet messages at the same time I decided to write about this matter also.I had been traveling for more than one & half decades with my family or friends or solo and I have been noticing that many girls or women hesitate to travel during the menstrual cycle. This becomes a matter of concern when traveling with others when sharing the rooms or highway traveling or full day sightseeing. I had personally seen girls postponing or not going on trips because of this reason. One of the reason is when you go out and on road in smaller towns then it becomes a task to find a clean toilet, which is a big necessity in that situation. I personally faced this problem few times. If traveling on a busy highway then the situation is a bit better because some restaurants or multinational eating joints have clean toilets. So many times we stop at certain places to eat because we know that we can get a clean toilet, the situation is better on busy highways like NH 1, NH 2 and some other highways but not everywhere. I remember during my last trip to Landsdown, we stopped at a decent looking place and food served on the table was also looked nice but the moment two of us went to washroom we noticed the bad odor and found toilets were dirty. So, we left that place within 10 minutes without eating and after driving for a while found an Indian fast food chain with clean toilets. I don’t need to go too far to explain this problem…..even if I am in Delhi’s “Heart” Connaught Place, there are also no clean toilets and same goes for other Delhi’s busy markets (There are couple of toilets in some corners but definitely not cleaned and maintained), so the best solution is to go to some restaurants.

I remember during my last trip to Landsdown, we stopped at a decent looking place and food served on the table was also looked nice but the moment two of us went to washroom we noticed the bad odor and found toilets were dirty. So, we left that place within 10 minutes without eating and after driving for a while found an Indian fast food chain with clean toilets. I don’t need to go too far to explain this problem…..even if I am in Delhi’s “Heart” Connaught Place, there are also no clean toilets and same goes for other Delhi’s busy markets (There are couple of toilets in some corners but definitely not cleaned and maintained), so the best solution is to go to some restaurants.
During my travel to different parts of India, especially while driving from one city to another this had been a major concern and if in case a girl/women is going through “those” days of the month then the problem and discomfort increases.
I hope someone in government working with “Swachh Bharat Mission” will take notice of this problem and do something for us. Some time back, I had signed a petition for same but there is no constructive outcome on that though more than 1 lakh people signed for it.
I hope something constructive will be done for the comfort of women and for the cleanliness of country because like male members of society we can’t go behind the bushes while driving on highways. When women will get this basic facility, than we take a step ahead for women empowerment.

P.S. Government is running a campaign against open defecation, which definitely is helping women but my point is totally different from that.

6 thoughts on “Women Empowerment & Toilets in Public Places

    1. Totally agree with you.
      As per today’s newspaper reports, people can use toilets in any restaurants by paying 5 Rs. I don’t know if it will work or not or the restaurant union will go to court for stay but it opens up some options in Delhi.

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