ISLAMABAD  – Working women and girls students of twin cities are facing hardship due to lack of accommodation facilities and over-saturated private hostels with poor hygienic conditions and high rents.

Working women and students, hailing from different parts of the country, have to encounter first major challenge of finding a suitable place at a reasonable rate with at least having basic living facilities. Asima, who came to Rawalpindi from Southern Punjab for a job talking to APP here on Sunday said, she is living in Islamabad for last two years and during this time she has changed a dozen of hostel in search of a tension free place.

She sad, “I found it a gigantic task to find a comfortable place for living”, adding that lack of appropriate living places also create many physiological, cultural and social problems for working women. “Living in hostel, one has to adjust in changed atmosphere and find hosts of problems like non cooperative roommates, unhygienic food and substandard accommodation”, said Nazia Mehmoob student of private law college.

She said that it was a challenging task to adjust with roommates with different temperament and cultural background. “However, I have learnt how to accommodate such people”, she added.

Two other students, Rukhsana Naz and Kiran said they experienced a lot about society and how to make adjustment with different people while living in hostel. “There are lot of problems, a working lady faces in a male-dominated society while living alone in a new city,” Rukhssana said. Many girls also complained about lack of recreational facilities like television, library, computer, games, playing grounds in hostels. “Mostly a small room where only one bed can be placed is filled by three floor beds while no cupboards are provided to girls”, Salma a cellular company employee complained.

Naseema and Sabahat, two students of a private university stated that they live in small overcrowded cubicles because they have no other option. They said rents of private working women hostels vary within twin cities.

They range between Rs 5,500 and Rs 10000 but the problems are same everywhere.