Women help desks to be set from Nirbhaya Fund
The women help desks will be set up in all states and union territories and will be manned by women police officers.
Women help desks will be set up from the Nirbhaya Fund in all police stations across the country. The Union Home Ministry has sanctioned Rs 100 crore from the fund for setting up and strengthening of the women's help desks.
The women help desks are being set up to make all police stations across the country more approachable and women-friendly. The help desks will be the first point of contact for any woman going to the police station to file a complaint.
The women will no longer have to deal with the long interrogation sessions or face the ordeal of not being taken seriously at the male-dominated police stations. The women help desks will be the single point of contact for them.
Women help desks: Key Facts
• The women help desks will be set up in all states and union territories. The help desks will be manned by women police officers.
• The women police officers deployed at the help desks will receive special training to be sensitive towards women who come to file their complaints.
• The help desks will also be aided by a panel of experts, which will comprise professionals from all the required fields to address the grievances of women such as psychologists, lawyers and NGOs.
• The expert's panel will help in providing the required assistance to the distressed women including counseling, legal aid, training, rehabilitation and shelter.
The women help desks aim to address the grievances of women through the proper policing system and improve the community interaction of the police with a focus on crime against women and children. The help desks will also help create a conducive atmosphere for distressed women, enabling them to approach the police stations without any hesitation or fear.
The Government’s decision of setting up the women help desks came almost a week after a 26-year-old veterinary doctor was raped, smothered to death and set ablaze and her charred body was later found dumped under a tunnel.
The horrific incident led to protests in different parts of the country due to the grave nature of the crime. All four accused were killed in an encounter by the Cyberabad police near the crime scene in the early hours of December 6, 2019.
Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani had announced the government’s decision of setting up the women help desks on November 2,2 019. The minister had announced that the centre will be setting up women help desks in all police stations and anti-human trafficking units in all districts across India using the Nirbhaya Fund.
The Nirbhaya Fund was established by the Union Government in 2013, after the tragic December 16, 2012 gangrape and fatal assault case in New Delhi. The fund was set up to support the government and non-governmental initiatives that aim to ensure the safety of women and children in the nation.
The fund is monitored by the Finance ministry’s Economic Affairs department. The centre contributes Rs 1000 crores to the fund.