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News : Women’s Helpline Gets Khattar Nod
Chandigarh, India, Aug 12, 2015 -- Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved implementation of universalisation of the Women’s Helpline Scheme to provide 24-hour emergency response to women in distress.
Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain said this centrally sponsored scheme would be funded under the Nirbhaya Fund and both the central and state governments would share the expenditure in the ratio of 75:25.
She said the scheme of universalisation of women’s helpline had been exclusively designed to support women who are victims of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, irrespective of age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race, culture and geography would be provided support. Also, woman facing any kind of violence due to attempted honour-related crimes, acid attacks, with hunting, sexual harassment, child sexual abuse, trafficking would also be provided immediate and emergency services.
She said the women helpline would provide 24-hour emergency response to all women affected by violence both in public and private spheres. All existing emergency services such as police No.100, fire No.101, women’s helpline No.1091, hospital and ambulance No.102, emergency response services No.108, NALSA helpline for Free Legal Service No.15100 and Child Helpline No.1098 would be integrated with it.
The women’s helpline would function across the country by developing linkages with existing helplines that is No. 181 and No.1091 allocated by the Department of Telecommunication to all states and union territories.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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