The Government of India will be opening 10 one-stop centres in nine countries to handle cases of violence against women. As per a senior official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, who talked to PTI, the 9 nations where the one-stop centres (OSCs) will come up are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Australia, Canada, Singapore with one centre each; and Saudi Arabia with two of its OSCs. The official added that these centres will be supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of India and operated by the External Affairs Ministry.
It was also mentioned that 300 more OSCs will also be established in India. The Ministry of Child and Development official told PTI that since their inception in 2015; more than three lakh women were assisted by the 701 OSCs which were set up in 35 states and union territories under the OSC scheme popularly known as ‘Sakhi’. This scheme of relief is being provided across the country since 2015 through the various state governments and UT administrators to assist women affected by violence and in distress, both in private and public spaces, in receiving integrated support.
If you are in distress or facing violence Pl contact nearest One Stop Centre in your District
701 OSCs are functional in 35 States/UTs to provide integrated support and assistance to women under one roof.
— PIB WCD (@PIBWCD) May 24, 2021
As per the Ministry of Child and Development, in a distressing situation created by the rampant COVID-19 pandemic, women who are in a troubling situation or affected by the violence of any kind can reach the OSC nearest to them, for quick assistance and services. All the Chief Secretaries and administrators of all the states and Union Territories along with the DM/DC of all districts have been directed to keep the OSCs operational during the period of lockdown with availability of all the basic material which is required to fight COVID-19.
In addition to the relief provided to women in need, the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s official reports state that more than 14,500 children in the country have been adopted since 2017, including 2,094 by foreign citizens (2017-2021, till March 16th). Earlier in May, the Delhi Government’s Women and Child Development Department set up a task force across districts to tackle issues faced by children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the District Task Force or DTF include WCD officers, child protection officers, chairman of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), sub-divisional magistrate (HQ) as the nominee of the District Magistrate and, a nominated member from the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
The DTF members ought to share the details and status of things with the Central Control Unit set up at the WCD headquarters. WCD Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam had suggested that de-addiction centres like the one at Sultanpuri should also be set up across districts. The Women and Child Development Department of Delhi have also set up two quarantine centres so that new admissions sent through CWCs do not get mixed up with the existing residents. Along with this, the department, under its network of Anganwadi services and the newly created ‘Saheli Samanvay Kendra’ (SSK), has been training Anganwadi workers for spreading awareness in the community, especially among women and children to propagate COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
Also, ‘Samvedna’, the toll-free helpline was launched by the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), to provide psycho-social mental support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— PIB WCD (@PIBWCD) May 26, 2021
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