In March 2011, an unfortunate incident of a hidden camera inside the ladies toilet of a popular hotel sparked off massive protests as it undermined the dignity and privacy of women. Streechetana’s involvement in the incident led the activists of these women’s Forum to take up the demand for safe and clean toilets for women in different parts of Calicut.
At the outset, we made an elaborate survey of the different public toilets used by women. It was found that 95% of the toilets were unusable and dangerous . This pathetic condition prompted Streechetana to find a solution to this negligent attitude of the Corporation and file a PIL case immediately on March 23rd 2010. It was a long-drawn battle with the Corporation taking more than 2 years and 13 sittings with the Ombudsman.
Streechetana’s initiative resulted in many positive changes in the issue of Women’s toilets in the city. The Honorable Ombudsman ordered the following ;
Fifteen automatic toilets were constructed in the following areas: