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Mnp launches helpline for distressed women

Manipur social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen launching 181 helpline for women on Friday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 23
Published on 24 Jun. 2017 12:05 AM IST
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State social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen Friday launched a 24X7 toll free helpline number 181 for distressed women in a simple function held at Imphal West DC complex.
The helpline will facilitate quick response to distressed women facing violence in public or private spheres of life.
Speaking on the occasion, Kipgen said, “the women helpline is a gift to the women folk of the state to fight against any form of violence against women.” She, therefore, called upon the people to cooperate and extend maximum support to operate the helpline in the interest of all women.
“The main objective of launching the helpline is to provide 24x7 free of charge immediate response to women in distress, to provide legal, social and psychological supports using existing technology,” she said.
A toll free 24/7 telecom services will provide assistance to women affected by violence, seeking support and information will be disseminated regarding various women empowerment schemes and programmes related to women empowerment and protection, she said. 
Through the helpline, women from any part of the state will receive immediate medical assistance like the PCR Van or an ambulance, police, legal aid and one stop centre for professional counselling, Kipgen added. 
The minister expressed hope that the helpline would help prevent crime against women and also help create awareness in times of need. 
At present, there are seven staff engaged on daily wage/casual basic payment beside one helpline manager, one senior call responder, four call responders, one IT staff and one multipurpose helper. The supervisor and three security officials have been designated from the Imphal West Police station.
It may be mentioned that under the sponsorship of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India launched the 181 helpline number in 2013 after the brutal gang-rape of Nirbhaya in December 2012 and asked all states to start the helpline.
Chairperson Dr K Sobita Devi of Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW), principal secretary (social welfare) JC Ramthanga, director Jacintha Lazarus of state social welfare department, DC Imphal West N Geoffrey were among other dignitaries who attended the launching function.

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