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News : Nepal Takes Cue from India, to Launch Helpline
New Delhi, August 21, 2014 -- The Delhi government’s 181 helpline for women in distress, children and elderly is all set to cross the Indian borders. The helpline, which recently crossed the mark of 10 lakh phone calls, is reportedly being launched in the neighbouring Nepal as well.
Sources said that the Nepal’s Women Commission is reportedly keen to introduce the helpline to help the women in distress in the country. A team of experts, led by 181 head Khadijah Faruqui, recently made a detailed presentation to the officials of the Nepal government.
"The Nepalese administration has shown a keen interest to introduce the helpline in the country. They are soon going to launch a similar helpline to help women in distress," a member of the Indian delegation, which went to Nepal, told this newspaper.
The 181 helpline has become an instant hit since its launch in December 2012. Of the 10-lakh odd calls received by the helpline so far, the centre has been able to attend to about seven lakh calls. The popularity of the helpline has been such that the helpline has also been launched in many other states.
"Many other states are in the process of launching it very soon," a helpline executive said.
Not only this. The Nepal government is also said to have shown its interest in the SafetyPin application. Both the helpline and SafetyPin application for women were introduced in Delhi after the Nirbhaya incident in 2012.
The SafetyPin application, designed by entrepreneur Ashish Basu and activist researcher Kalpana Vishwanath of Jagori, a women’s resource group, gives a safety score to the market places. "All one has to do is to fill in the information about a particular place. And the pin on the map shows you the safety score of the area," a social worker said. "This helps a women understand whether the place where she is standing is safe for her."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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