24×7 helpdesk for women in Telangana

Hyderabad, November 7: Following on the ‘She Teams’ launched on October 24, to provide security to women and curb incidents of eve-teasing and stalking thereby creating a safe environment for women; is Telangana government’s decision to start round-the-clock help desk with toll free number 181.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on Thursday, directed officials to start the helpline so that concerned departments can swiftly act on the women’s complaints. He asked the officials to explore the possibility of controlling social media where harassment is rampant. He asked for installation of CCTV cameras in public places, directed the police to implement 33 percent reservation for women. He said that every police station will have a women’s wing.

The move reaffirms the government’s intention on taking effective measures to ensure women’s safety. Earlier in September, the six member committee of three IAS and IPS women officers headed by senior IAS officer Poonam Malakondaiah, interacted with women from various sectors and came up with comprehensive report of measures to be taken to improve safety and security of women and girls in Telangana.

KCR further called for extending the women safety measures to the district level and said a senior officer will be put up in each district to monitor the implementation. He also said that fast-track courts will also be set up in all districts.The chief minister directed the police authorities to implement 33 percent reservation for women in the police force.

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