In the long-term we have to all stand together to make sure that women get a higher ranking on the power meter. Political representation (and reservations) may be key to bring rural women out of the shadows. For urban women it will be economic power that will bring freedom. Ladies, please do not quit your jobs after marriage!!!
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660 rape crisis centres will be established across the country and
named as Nirbhaya Centres, as a tribute to the victim of December 16,
2012 Delhi gang-rape case. The centres will be set up in
all the 640 districts and 20 additional locations in the country and
the project will cost 477 crores approximately, women and child
development ministry officials said.
The women and child
development ministry has already prepared the concept note which has
been approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) and has been
sent to various stakeholders like ministry of law, finance, tribal
affairs, health, social justice and empowerment and minority affairs
seeking their suggestions.
These Nirbhaya Centres will act as
one stop centre for women victims of molestation, rape, sexual assault,
domestic violence and provide them medical assistance, police
assistance, psycho-social support and counselling, legal aid and
Under the medical assistance, victims of
violence can approach the Nirbhaya centres where they will be provided
medical assistance like referral to hospital and assisted in filing FIR.
They will be counselled, provided legal aid and short stay with food
and clothing at the centre itself along with the video conferencing
“A retired police officer will posted at the centres
to facilitate prompt and proper filing of FIR by the ministry of home
affairs, state or district. A list of lawyers will give legal aid to the
“Nirbhaya centres initially will operate in rented
premises and the shelter facility for the victims will be also arranged
at the centre itself,” said a senior official from the WCD ministry.