On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the government will open three one-stop crisis centres (OSCCs) to assist women affected by violence.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) had previously opened six such centres in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan and Chandigarh under the OSCCs scheme launched in 2015. “The one-stop centres for providing safety to women affected by violence will be significantly expanded this year. We are launching three more OSCCs in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Foundation stone (for one more) will also be laid in Nagaland,” said WCD minister Maneka Gandhi
The Centre is one of the major programmes under Nirbhaya Fund
Under the scheme, an OSCC centre has to be established in every state or Union Territory (UT) to facilitate access to an integrated range of services including medical, legal, and psychological support for women affected by violence.
The OSCC are expected to be integrated with 181 and other existing helplines. Women affected by violence and in need of redressal services could be referred to OSCC through these helplines.
The facility was one of the key recommendations of Justice J S Verma committee. “We will come up with five to six centres every month this year,” said Gandhi.
Further, the ministry also released funds to more than 30 states for building the facility. Initially, it was proposed to establish 660 centres across the country. They are build in phased manner now. “The scheme envisages establishment of one centre in each State/UT in the first phase and further expansion depends upon the performance of these centres,” a senior ministry official said.