Karnal to have Haryana's 1st one-stop centre for women

  • HT Correspondent, None, Karnal
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2015 21:33 IST

Haryana's first one-stop centre for women (OSCW) will soon be functional in Karnal.

The initiative, funded by the Centre, will provide integrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces.

Women and child development director Amneet P Kumar told reporters here on Tuesday that the district administration had made temporary arrangements at the Mahila Ashram complex for OSCW but soon a full-fledged complex would be developed.

"The Haryana government has approved the setting up OSCW in Karnal and it will serve as the state-level home for the women in distress. We expect funds from the Union government to arrive soon and a building will be constructed," she said.

Kumar was in the city to convene a meeting with the district authorities to chalk out a plan for the proposed centre.

She said that women facing physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, irrespective of age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race and culture would be facilitated with support and redressal.

"Aggrieved women facing any kind of violence due to attempted sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, honour-related crimes, acid attacks or witch-hunting, who have reached out or been referred to the OSCW, will be provided with specialised services," she said.

The centre will be integrated with a women helpline to provide a range of services, including medical assistance like referral to hospital through the helpline or the centre.

"It will provide ambulance, police assistance like facilitating or assisting in filing first information report (FIR), psycho-social support or counselling, legal aid, shelter and video-conferencing facility to affected women.

Officials said that a sum of `60 lakh would be spent on the construction of this centre, which would be set up over 300-sqm area at the Mahila Ashram complex.

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