In the wake of the Badaun rape and murder cases, Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi announced that one-stop rape crisis centres will be made functional by the year end in all districts of the country. Maneka said she chose not to visit Badaun as there was nothing she could have achieved by her visit though she is happy that her ministerial colleague Ramvilas Paswan had gone there.
At the rape crisis centres, medical, legal, and police aid will be provided to women who are victims of rape and sexual assault. These will provide short stay for the women in need and will be equipped with ambulance services which will reach women who need help. Funds, Maneka added, have been allocated for the project, partly from the Nirbhaya fund and the centres will be run by the central government.
“These crisis centres are a priority. However, I chose not to visit because there is nothing that can be achieved. I am happy Mr Paswan visited the family. As for the demands for a CBI inquiry, I think CBI is a myth. There is nothing that remains to be done by the CBI. Arrests have been made. Handing it over to the CBI now will dilute the matter,” Maneka said.
…By July-end, Orissa govt will set up such centres in state
Amid countrywide outrage over gangrape and alleged hanging of two girls in Badaun, the Orissa government has started measures for having one-stop crisis centres for victims of sexual assault by July-end. The centres, proposed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development last year, are based on the concept of integrated and coordinated teamwork of multi-sectoral and inter-agency network at one place for rehabilitation of survivors of violence with public health system as its focal point.
Though the Centre was supposed to fund it as per a pilot project, no funds have been allocated as yet. Officials of state Women and Child Development department said that four such centres would be set up at the district headquarter hospitals of Sambalpur and Puri, Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar and MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur town. Each of these centres would cost Rs 35 lakh annually.
“The first contact point for the victim can be the on-duty nurse or the doctor. Thereafter, the victim can undergo counselling sessions and simultaneously the statement of the victim can be recorded by lawyers and police personnel at the centre. The period of stay of the victim will depend on the severity of the trauma,” said an official.