Two years after it was set up to help women victims of violence, country’s first one stop crisis centre (OSCC) ‘Gauravi’ in Bhopal would soon have some competition with the state women and child development (WCD) department planning to set up its own centre for destitute women in the same premises.
‘Gauravi’ was set up by the state health department at JP Hospital in June 2014. the department runs the centre with Action Aide, an NGO.
Chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Veena Sinha confirmed that the district administration has allotted space to WCD to set up a 10-bed centre under Usha Kiran Yojna at JP Hospital.
The health department had earlier urged the WCD to open the centre at Hamidia or Sultania hospital.
“In case of any emergency, patients from nearby districts and villages rush to Hamidia Hospital. If the new centre is opened there, it will benefit a large number of women,” said Sarika Sinha, regional director, Action Aide.
District women empowerment officer Ramgopal Yadav said, “Gauravi is being run by an NGO. The WCD centre will be run by government.”
Asked why the second centre was being set up in the same premises as Gauravi, Yadav said, “We are only following the instructions of the state government.”
Women activist Sandhya Shaily said, “The opening of an OSSC-like centre will create confusion among those seeking help.”