Monday, June 12, 2017

125 plaints filed in 119 days at new aid centre for women

Times of India: Gurugram: Monday, June 12, 2017.
The one-stop centre (OSC) that was set up to tackle crimes against women in Gurgaon has received 125 complaints in 119 days, revealed an RTI reply.
According to the RTI response (a copy of which is with TOI), 34 complaints were reported in the cases related to POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, eight cases of rape and a total of 74 complaints were registered in cases relating to domestic violence from January to April this year. Eight complaints of child marriage and one missing report were also filed between January and April 2017.
Of the 125 cases, only 39 cases have gone to the court, and 86 cases have been under counselling sessions.
While officials called it an achievement, activists called the number of cases just a tip of the iceberg. "OSCs were made to help the women get help from all the departments - be it police, health or judiciary. Many countries including the US, the UK, Australia and Zambia developed the centres many years ago and the centres are known to help many women victims in these countries," said an official from the district administration.
Calling it just tip of an 'ice-berg' Aseem Takyar, who filed the RTI application, said, "I don't think that 125 cases is a big number. It is just tip of the iceberg. It is due to the fact that there has been no awareness about the Centre."