Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2017-03-15 19:47 Bengaluru: State women police personnel are finally going to get separate toilet facility. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the separate toilet facility for women personnel in the state budget on Wednesday. "It's a welcome move, shows the government's sensitivity towards women staff," said Roopa D Moudgil, DIG Prisons. Majority of the police stations, at least in North Karnataka, do not have separate toilet facility for women staff, said Roopa, who has served in almost all north Karnataka districts - Dharwad, Bidar, Gadag, Yadgir. Roopa D Moudgil "We had tough time," Roopa said, recalling her days in North Karnataka. In fact, funds were granted earlier too to construct separate toilets for women staff. "But once they were ready, they ended up being used by male staff," said Roopa. Reason? Most of the stations had less women staff. But with no choice, women staff had to use their colleagues' washroom. "I had gone for an inspection to a station in Yadgir. When I had to use the toilet, I found out that even the station head too did not have a washroom. So, with no option, I had to use the one allotted for constables," she recalled. Sources said the IG and DG office on Nrupathunga Road too did not have a separate toilet for women at least till 2009. Now that a separate toilet has been announced in the budget, it makes a lot of difference. "It will help even the women complainants," said Mangaluru City Inspector Kalavathi.