Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodiya inaugurated a one-stop helpline center for women , SAKHI, at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences ( IHBAS) on Wednesday. It is part of an initiative taken by the Delhi Government in 2015 after brutal rape and murder of girl popularly known as Nirbhaya.
The 24-hour helpline will be helpful for women seeking instant help against violence and sexual crimes.
The IHBAS is a hospital run by Delhi government for treatment of neurological disorders.
"Some pockets of Shahdra zone are not safe for women during the day as well as at night. The one-stop center will give big relief to us. We can now ask for help at any time. Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) is another option, but it is far from Shahdra. Therefore, SAKHI is going to be our real Sakhi,” said Suman Kansal, a resident of Meethapur Shahdara.
A verdict of the Supreme Court makes it mandatory for all states to build a one-stop center where female victims of gender violence can visit and narrate their ordeal fearlessly without any pressure.
At the inauguration, Deputy CM said that any woman who approaches the centre would get help. We have strictly ordered all the concerned staff at the hospital to help the needy at any time.
"I was beaten by my husband and called the police but could not get proper assistance when it was required. Now we have better facility to raise our issue,” said Niti Thakur, housewife and a resident of Dilshad Garden.
Dr. NG Desai, director of IHBAS, said, “We are giving the best treatment in mental health care. No one is left disappointed with our services. We can surely say the 'One-stop centre will be a milestone for women related cases'.”