Sunday, February 24, 2013

India - Delhi Police special women's helpline - 2,000 calls in 45 days.


India - Delhi Police special women's helpline - 2,000 calls in 45 days.(NDtv).
New Delhi: "Sir, some men are following me", "My husband thrashed me again, please save me" - these are some of the 2,000 calls that Delhi Police Special Commissioner Sudhir Yadav has dealt with since a special helpline was activated in the wake of the Dec 16, 2012, gangrape of a 23-year-old physiotherapist.
Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna appointed Yadav the nodal officer to deal with women-related complaints in the capital and his mobile number - 9818099012 - was activated Dec 25, 2012.
Of the 2,000 calls received in the last 45 days, most related to being stalked, getting obscene calls or facing domestic violence - a sad reality proving that the city still has not learnt any lessons."I got at least 300 calls daily last month. Each call was attended properly and immediate necessary action was also taken," Yadav told IANS.
"We maintain a record of each and every call and ensure proper follow up," he added.
In addition, Yadav interacts with several women's NGOs on the last Friday of every month to take stock of the situation at the ground level.
"I have interacted with around 30 NGOs so far and the sessions were very informative. we got to know about our performance and whether our policies were working or not," said Yadav.
"We have discussed several steps to ensure more security for women. I have asked the NGOs to provide self-defence training to young girls like we did last year," he added.
Delhi Police had organized a self-defence training camp in Oct, 2012, in west Delhi's Nanakpura area which was attended by around 100 young working women from the lower income groups.
The women were taught judo, karate, kendo, sumo, aikido, shorinji, kempo and naginata by a visiting Japanese martial arts delegation.
"We were pleased with the results of the workshop and so were the participants. More of such camps would surely be organized soon," Yadav said.Hmmmm.......Rape[Istan].....Learning women to defend themselves is a great initiative, teaching men not to behave as 'animals' is even better.Read the full story here.

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