The National Commission for Women will soon start on a pilot basis a 24-hour helpline exclusively for women in distress in Haryana, months after it launched a similar project in Gujarat.
Announcing this here today, NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma said the project would take off in July and the statutory body was also mulling over launching similar round-the-clock helplines across the country by October-end.
"The helpline we launched in Gujarat was a huge success. Within a span of two months we received over 1000 complaints. The NCW is now thinking of launching similar projects in all the states by the end of October," Sharma said.
"The helpline would not only provide useful advice to the depressed complainant but would also make sure that she is given instant shelter, legal aid, medical treatment and police help," she said.
To a question on the shortage of hands in NCW, Sharma said she had written to the ministry of women and child development on the matter.
"To address the shortage, the NCW recommended making the temporary staff permanent. The ministry has given its approval and we are working in this direction," she said.