Guj gets high­est dis­tress calls

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - NATION - Anisha Dutta

NEW DELHI: Over four lakh women in Gu­jarat called on gov­ern­ment’s women helpline num­ber 180 in the last three years. Andhra Pradesh and Ut­tar Pradesh re­ceived max­i­mum num­ber of com­plaints by women at gov­ern­ment One Stop Cen­tres (OSCS) with 26,884 and 21,747 com­plaints, re­spec­tively.

Ac­cord­ing to Union women and child de­vel­op­ment min­istry’s data till Novem­ber 2018, 193,527 OSC cases in to­tal have been reg­is­tered, while 2,023,111 ef­fec­tive calls on gov­ern­ment’s women helpline num­ber were reg­is­tered since 2015 across all states and Union ter­ri­to­ries.

The OSCS are in­tended to sup­port women af­fected by vi­o­lence, in pri­vate and pub­lic spa­ces, within the fam­ily, com­mu­nity and at work­place. Women fac­ing phys­i­cal, sex­ual, emo­tional, psy­cho­log­i­cal and eco­nomic abuse are fa­cil­i­tated with sup­port and re­dres­sal at these cen­tres.“The min­istry has sanc­tioned over 600 OSCS till now, of which 232 are op­er­a­tional so far. The Prime Minister had said there should be one in all 718 dis­tricts of In­dia,” said Rakesh Sri­vas­tava, sec­re­tary, WCD min­istry. IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Minister Im­ran Khan has said he has asked the gov­ern­ment to as­cer­tain the sta­tus of the 2008 Mumbai at­tacks case as it is in Pak­istan’s in­ter­est to re­solve the mat­ter.

In­dia re­peated its calls for the pros­e­cu­tion of the mas­ter­minds and fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the at­tacks on the 10th an­niver­sary of the car­nage blamed on the Lashkar-etaiba (LET) say­ing Pak­istan had shown “lit­tle sin­cer­ity in bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice”.

“We also want some­thing done about the bombers of Mumbai. I have asked our gov­ern­ment to find out the sta­tus of the case.

Re­solv­ing that case is in our in­ter­est be­cause it was an act of ter­ror­ism,” Khan said in an in­ter­view with The Wash­ing­ton Post. wthe trial in a Pak­istani anti-ter­ror­ism court of seven sus­pects, in­clud­ing LET op­er­a­tions com­man­der Zak­iur Rehman Lakhvi, has stalled and Pak­istani of­fi­cials have said more ev­i­dence is needed from In­dia to take things for­ward. In­dia has in­sisted that there is suf­fi­cient proof to pros­e­cute the sus­pects.

Khan, who spoke about Pak­istan tak­ing two steps for peace for ev­ery step taken by In­dia in his first speech af­ter his party won the gen­eral elec­tion in July, re­ferred to the rea­sons why he be­lieves his peace over­tures had been re­jected by New Delhi.

“I know, be­cause In­dia has elec­tions com­ing up. The rul­ing party has an anti-mus­lim, an­tipak­istan ap­proach.

They re­buffed all my over­tures,”

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