Delhi Commission for Women for the One Stop Centre
While the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre are at the loggerheads, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has also roped in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) for the ‘One Stop Centre’ which is for distressed women.
As per this project, the DCW will further open in each of the 11 districts of the city a ‘One Stop Centre’ to offer some medical, legal and also psychological aid to women who are the victims of sexual harassment.
The Ministry will also provide funds for further setting up these centres through Nirbhaya Fund, which was created in 2013 after the December 16, 2012, gang-rape case.
“All of Delhi districts will be having a One Stop Centre, which will be operated by the DCW and is funded by the Central government. These centres will be acting as single-window system for the medical, legal and psychological assistance to victims of rape, sexual harassment and dowry cases,” a statement issued by the DCW said.
Objective of the project
The objective of the project is to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces, under one roof and facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services to fight against any form of violence against them.
This decision was taken during a meeting which was held between Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last month. DCW Chief Swati Maliwal has also shared a detailed plan of action in this regard with Ms. Gandhi.
Currently, seven ‘One Stop Centres’ are functional in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Karnal (Haryana), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Nagaland and Chandigarh. Last year, all the woman’s safety-related projects and initiatives which are taken by the Delhi government were handed over to the DCW. “These centres will act as an extension of the Crisis Intervention Cell and Rape Crisis Cell being operated by the commission at present,” the statement said. The 181 helpline has also been linked to it.