Set-up toilets in ladies compartment in local trains, demands Shiv Sena MP

Female commuters often face difficulties in finding a toilet in public places and even if they manage to find one, the condition of that toilet is far from useable. The toilets at railway stations are not adequately maintained and women avoid using them. Can toilets on local trains be the solution?

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  • A Shiv Sena MP from South Mumbai, Arvind Sawant has written a letter to the union minister for railways, Piyush Goyal.
  • His demand is to set-up toilets in ladies compartment of Mumbai’s suburban local trains.

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Rail Minister, Piyush Goyal has responded to this saying, “The above-mentioned letter has been sent to the concerned directorate for consideration and necessary action.”

Lakhs of women passengers take the train for their daily commute. The major health issue they face while traveling is where to pee, as the toilets on the platform are in a bad state. As a result they control their pee for long hours and this can cause bladder infections.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Shiv Sena MP, Arvind Sawant, said, “I have written a letter to the railway Minister demanding toilets facility inside the women compartment of suburban Mumbai local trains. The railway Minister has responded positively to this”

Right to Pee activist Supriya Jan, while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “Indeed this is a welcome step and suggestion as the toilet is the necessity for the women commuter. But, the main question is, what about the implementation?”

Toilets on the platforms are in shambles and in a very bad state. Women organisation had raised this issue in the past for a number of times.

Even after modernisation, women lack those essential sanitation facilities. Mumtaz Shaikh, has fought a long battle to get toilets for women through her ‘Right to Pee’ movement.  ‘Right to Pee’ campaign fights to provide basic sanitation facilities for women.

Since the last few years, ‘Right to Pee’ activists are raising and highlighting the issue relating to the lack of public toilets in the city for women.