Karnal gets north India's first 'one-stop centre' for women

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Aug 31, 2015 19:50 IST

Women and child welfare minister Kavita Jain on Monday inaugurated a 'one-stop centre' for women who have been victims of various kinds of violence.

The Karnal centre, which is second such facility in the country after Raipur in Chhattisgarh, will cater to the needs of women across Haryana. Jain and her junior minister Krishan Kumar opened the centre at the Mahila Ashram near the bus stand.

After the inaugural ceremony, Jain told reporters that the centre would provide access to an integrated range of services under one roof, including medical aid, police assistance, legal aid/case management, psychosocial counselling and temporary support services to women affected by violence.

"As the new building is being planned, it was decided to open the centre from a temporary place for immediate care and aid to the victims. It is part of the Central government project to establish Nirbhaya centres all over the country since Delhi's gang rape incident in December 2013," she said.

The victims of rape, dowry harassment and domestic violence will get medical aid and assistance in filing FIRs, legal advice and psychological counselling. It has a three-bed hospital and the victims can stay there for a few days during their treatment and counselling following which they would be shifted to women rehabilitation centre, if needed.

Jain said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was sensitive towards women issues and it was committed to checking crime against women with an iron hand.

"Opening of all-women police stations at the district level in Haryana on Saturday is a step in the same direction," she said.

To a question, Jain told reporters that she was aware of various shortcomings at Nari Niketan, Haryana's only women protection centre in Karnal and efforts were being made to strengthen it.

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