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Balm for women victims: State gets first 24x7 help centre

harkhand got on Wednesday its first 24x7 one-stop centre for women victims at the Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry and Allied Sciences

ranchi Updated: Dec 14, 2016 22:03 IST
Saurav Roy
Saurav Roy
Hindustan Times
Jarkhand news,Ranchi news,First help centre
Jharkhand social welfare minister Luis Marandi and state health minister Ramchandra Chandravansi during the inauguration of a help centre on RINPAS campus in Ranchi on Wednesday.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Jharkhand got on Wednesday its first 24x7 one-stop centre for women victims at the Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry and Allied Sciences (RINPAS).

The facility, run by the state women and child welfare department, will cater to the victims of rape, domestic violence, and physical or sexual torture; they will be provided immediate psychiatric treatment, counselling, legal aid and police assistance that will help them recuperate and get justice.

“We need to set up similar infrastructure across the state for welfare of our women,” said state social welfare minister Louis Marandi after inaugurating the centre in the presence of state health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi.

The department launched a 24x7 toll-free helpline number –0651-2451911— through which victimised women can contact RINPAS and avail of the facilities.

The team working at the facility will either call the woman to the centre or counsel her over phone, RINPAS doctors said. “As of now, we have six beds in the facility. Psychiatric counselling is only a part of the centre, the prime objective is to serve justice to the victims,” said Dr Subhash Soren, RINPAS director.

Jharkhand lacked such a facility for victimised women though crimes against the fairer sex surged over the past years. Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi has a trauma centre, which has 12 beds and caters to patients suffering from trauma irrespective of gender.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Jharkhand reported 1057 rape cases last year, and 1044 in 2014. A total of 1538 dowry cases were reported in 2014, which increased to 1552 in 2015.

The victims of rape, violence or any form of exploitation often suffer from depression, mental trauma and face difficulties in recuperating. They need expert care and counselling to overcome their horrific experiences and rejoin society, say doctors.

“It is a commendable move, but RINPAS is understaffed, and we need more manpower to run the facility smoothly,” said Dr Siddharth Sinha of RINPAS.

Once the centre starts functioning smoothly, RINPAS will provide pick-up facility to victimised women, he said. “However, for introducing this facility, RINPAS would need more manpower.”

The facility will have a central coordinator, and a state management committee comprising doctors, lawyers, activists and police. The coordinator will report to the welfare department.

“The police may take the victim’s statement at the centre, where she will be more comfortable and be able to share her experiences,” said department director Ravindra Prasad Singh, adding that a lady police constable would be deployed at the facility 24x7.

The department is planning to set up similar facilities in Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Dumka, he said.

First Published: Dec 14, 2016 22:03 IST

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