DC Bandipora inaugurates one-stop centre for women

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BANDIPORA: Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on Monday inaugurated One-Stop Centre-Sakhi established with an aim to provide an array of services, from skill development to psychological assistance to violence affected women under one roof.
Superintendent of Police Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, Chief Medical Officer Bandipora Dr Bilkees Mir, District Social Welfare Officer Altaf Hussain and other senior officers of the district were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Bandipora said the One-Stop centre will be exclusively for the women and will be run by the women staff. He said the centre will serve women affected by violence, in private or at public places, within the family, community or at workplace.
He said the centre will have representatives from health, education, administration, and police besides the resource persons from various departments who will assist the aggrieved womenfolk. He said OSC will also provide awareness about various women-specific schemes besides skill development initiatives and other activities. “The centre would also keep a vigil on issues of drug abuse, rehabilitation, relief, and assistance,” he said.
Dr Choudhary said Sakhi is the place of the women managed by the women and for the women where she can walk in without any fear and can discuss their problems freely.
He said in most of the cases of violence, women hesitate to file a complaint because of fear. “OSC is designed to help victims in this regard in a favourable atmosphere,” he said. “It will provide access to integrated range of services under one roof including medical aid, police assistance, legal aid/case management, psychosocial counselling, and temporary support services to women affected by violence.”