Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi on International Women’s Day reaffirmed the government’s resolve to end discrimination and injustice against women while announcing the setting up of One-Stop Crisis Centres, official in Uttarakhand are unaware of the project.
In June 2014, the Union ministry of women and child development proposed to set up ‘one-stop crisis centre’ to provide assistance to victims of crimes against women in all the 640 districts across the country.
Victims can seek help by walking into a centre or by calling a toll-free number. Victims of rape, dowry harassment and domestic violence will get medical aid and also help in filing FIRs, legal advice and psychological counselling.
The Union ministry had also included all the 13 districts of Uttarkhand in the proposal.
However, officials of Uttarakhand State Commission for Women are unaware of the Centre’s proposal.
Dehradun district member of the commission Krishna Khatri, told Hindustan Times: “I don’t know about the project yet. But, if such centres are set up, it will go a long way to improve safety and security of women in the state.”
The concept note on the one-stop crisis centre had also proposed to set up district-level societies with the district magistrates heading them.
Dehradun district magistrate Ravinath Raman too expressed his ignorance of the existence of such a proposal by the Centre.
“…if state government orders to frame One-Stop Crisis Centres, then I would make sure of its success,” he said.
Spl buses launched for women, kids
The Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) on Wednesday launched two buses for women and children below 12 years. The buses, which will run on the Dehradun-Haridwar and the Dehradun-Rishikesh routes, are equipped with CCTV cameras and run by an all-women staff.