Centrally sponsored “Women Helpline 181” launched

Hyderabad: Central Government financially supported scheme, the Women Helpline 181, aimed to provide protection and safety to the women effected by domestic violence, harassment, trauma,

distress and violence both in private and public places, family, community and workplace was launched by the Women and Child Welfare Minister Tummala Nageshwara Rao at the Telangana Secretariat on Saturday.

The Minister said that the effected women across Telangana from any remote area, wherever there is telephone connectivity either BSNL or private, the women can call this number 181 and seek help.

The Helpline will function 24-7 and provide service to women affected with any kind of violence be it physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, will be provided support irrespective of their age, class, caste and other social identities.

It would facilitate during crisis and intervene through referral to One Stop Centres or Sakhi Cenres, Police, Hospital, Ambulance services and women seeking shelter, it will link them to Short Stay Homes and Swadhar homes.

The Women Helpline will have a comprehensive referral database to provide information about the appropriate support services available to the woman affected by violence within the local area in which she resides or is employed.

The Technical support is being provided by GVK-EMRI who specialises in Emergency Management Services and has extensive experience of setting up similar helpline in other states as well.

The Minister said that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is giving more priority for women for their protection and development, all the schemes such as double bed room, land distribution scheme, pensions to lonely women, health care,

drop out women who has not completed School education or discontinued their higher education for them arrangement will be made to continue their studies in the Residential Schools, Junior and Degree College, he claimed with the success of KCR Kits, more and more pregnant women are coming to the government hospital for the institutional deliveries,

He said all these schemes are meant for the upliftment and empowerment of women, if women is empowered the state will develop, he said.

SC Corporation Chairman T. Ravi, Women & Child Welfare Director Vajender Boi, Joint Collector of Hyderabad Prashanti and other officials were also present. (INN)

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