Patiala set to get one-stop crisis centre to assist victims of sexual crimes

Updated on Oct 27, 2014 08:58 AM IST
Nirbhaya Centre, a one-stop facility for women affected by sexual violence, may come up in the district this year as the Patiala administration has allotted land for its construction.
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Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Nirbhaya Centre, a one-stop facility for women affected by sexual violence, may come up in the district this year as the Patiala administration has allotted land for its construction.

The union ministry of women and child development wrote to the state government and Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi on October 1 to identify and allocate land to set up the facility.

The centre will help provide quick relief to victims of sexual crimes.

As a part of the first phase, the Centre has decided to open 50 such centres across the country this year.

The government has set a target of a total of 650 centres all over the country in future.

In her letter to the Patiala MP, union minister of women and child development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi indicated that the construction of the first 50 centres will rely on the response of the respective MP and the local administration.

MP takes the lead

Following this, MP Dr Gandhi forwarded the letter to Patiala deputy commissioner Varun Roojam who allotted 300 sq m land in Government Baghi Khana — a property of the public works department — behind Circuit House here.

“We have sent the proposal and all documents pertaining to the land allotment to the state government.

Now, the state authorities will take up the case with the Centre,” said Roojam.

However, the MP said he had sent the details directly to the union ministry, though the state government will follow up on the project.

“I have also sought time from the union minister and will personally persuade her to sanction funds to set up the centre in Patiala as the local administration has done a remarkable job in allotting the required land in no time,” said Gandhi.

The centre has been named in honour of a 23-year-old girl who was brutally raped in Delhi in December 2012. She died subsequently.

The union government has already prepared a basic design of the building.

This, along with details of operation, has been submitted to the finance ministry seeking funds.


    Navrajdeep Singh is a senior staff correspondent. He covers agriculture, crime, local bodies, health and education in the Patiala district of Punjab.

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