In an endeavour to reach out the necessities of women safety, Chennai will set up temporary shelters, counselling, legal and medical aid by the end of this year. Until April this year, this initiative has been instrumental in providing the relief to 84 women out of which 34 were victims of domestic violence. With a major section of women falling in the age gap of 18-35 years are seeking the help, the five member community including counsellor and a helper, also helped to foil four child marriages.
An official said, “An amount of Rs 80 lakh has been approved by Centre to establish five additional centres in Salem, Trichy, Madurai, Kancheepuram and Coimbatore and also request to set up centres in rest 26 districts is made”.
“Around half of the women have approached the centre directly, while others were mentioned by police, NGOs or the district social welfare officer. In order to implement the women’s emergency helpline ‘181’ which will play an important part in their rescue and rehabilitation, the decision to integrate it is expected soon”, the official added.
Prasanna Gethu, co-founder of international Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care said, “Much must be done beyond rehabilitating these women”.