NEW DELHI || Amidst a string of heinous rape and attempt to murder cases against women across India, the union government has sanctioned women help desks at police stations across the country, an official said on Thursday.
Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned a sum Rs 100 crores from Nirbhaya Fund for setting up/strengthening of Women Help Desks in Police Stations. This scheme would be implemented by the States and Union Territories, it was further informed.
Women Help Desks would focus on making the Police Stations more women friendly and approachable, as they would be the first and single point of contact for any woman walking into a police station. Essentially, lady police officers would be deployed at these help desks.
The officials of Women Help Desk would be trained to be sensitive towards women. These help desks would have enlisted panel of experts like lawyers, psychologists and NGOs to facilitate legal aid, counselling, shelter, rehabilitation and training etc.