Guj gets high­est dis­tress calls

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Anisha Dutta let­[email protected]­dus­tan­ n

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.

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