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Crime against women: Gujarat gets highest distress calls

Over four lakh women in Gujarat called on government’s women helpline number 180 in the last three years. Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh received maximum number of complaints by women at government One Stop Centres (OSCs) with 26,884 and 21,747 complaints, respectively.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2018 10:51 IST
Anisha Dutta
Anisha Dutta
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Crime against women,distress call,Gujarat
The women helpline at Gujarat received 435,378 complaints by women till November, while Uttar Pradesh got 314,455 complaints, Bihar (377,917), Andhra Pradesh (393,676), Telangana (275,324) and Punjab (106,622). (AFP/Picture for representation)

Over four lakh women in Gujarat called on government’s women helpline number 180 in the last three years. Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh received maximum number of complaints by women at government One Stop Centres (OSCs) with 26,884 and 21,747 complaints, respectively.

According to Union women and child development ministry’s data till November 2018, 193,527 OSC cases in total have been registered, while 2,023,111 effective calls on government’s women helpline number were registered since 2015 across all states and Union territories.

The OSCs are intended to support women affected by violence, in private and public spaces, within the family, community and at workplace. Women facing physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse are facilitated with support and redressal at these centres.

“ The ministry has sanctioned over 600 OSCs till now, of which 232 are operational so far. The Prime Minister had said there should be one in all 718 districts of India,” said Rakesh Srivastava, secretary, WCD ministry.

The scheme for universalisation of women helpline was implemented from April 2015 to provide 24x7 response to women affected by violence..

The women helpline at Gujarat received 435,378 complaints by women till November, while Uttar Pradesh got 314,455 complaints, Bihar (377,917), Andhra Pradesh (393,676), Telangana (275,324) and Punjab (106,622).

“We got 480,000 calls (till Friday), in which 25.61% cases are of domestic violence, 5.7% cases were of alcohol abuses, 4.4% cases (trouble in neighbourhood) and 1.91% cases of sexual assault. There were 553 cases of rape and 517 child marriage cases. In these cases, we get FIRs registered mandatorily,” said an official at the women helpline in Gujarat.

Among OSC complaints filed by women, Chhattisgarh recorded 10,868 cases, Telangana (7,807), Rajasthan (4,964), Haryana (3,878) and 3,755 in Bihar.

First Published: Dec 08, 2018 09:26 IST