Cops Bharosa to Hyderabad women

Cops Bharosa to Hyderabad women
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Aiming to provide protection to women and children subjected to violence, Hyderabad City Police on Tuesday announced formation of ‘Bharosa’, a support centre, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. ‘Bharosa’ will support victims at different levels under one roof by providing integrated assistance through police,

The support centre – Bharosa - will support victims at different levels under one roof by providing integrated assistance through police, medical, legal, and prosecution services

Hyderabad: Aiming to provide protection to women and children subjected to violence, Hyderabad City Police on Tuesday announced formation of ‘Bharosa’, a support centre, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. ‘Bharosa’ will support victims at different levels under one roof by providing integrated assistance through police, medical, legal, and prosecution services along with psycho therapeutic counselling and relief and rehabilitation as per their requirements, Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy said reporters here.

Aggrieved women and children subjected to violence due to attempted sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, honour related crimes, acid attacks or witch-hunting who reached out or were referred to the centre would be provided with specialised services, the Commissioner said.

“As of now, the victims are made to approach different agencies in search of relief which is quite cumbersome and painful due to non-availability of suitable support system. As per current practice, a victim of sexual violence (accompanied or unaccompanied) has to go to a police station to lodge a complaint regarding the incident which may take between 6-10 hours,” Reddy said. He said there was no provision for immediate, comprehensive and professional psychological or legal counselling for such victims.

As an initiative, the Hyderabad City Police proposed to the Telangana government to permit to establish a society through Public Private Partnership mode utilising the best expertise available in the city to render the best possible solution in the least possible time to each issue confronting the women and child, Reddy said.

Accordingly, the government permitted to establish a society for protection of women and children (Bharosa) and it would be formally inaugurated very soon, he said. Bharosa is intended to support women affected by violence in private and public spaces, within the family, community and at the workplace. Women facing physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, irrespective of age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race and culture would be facilitated with support and guidance, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crimes and SIT) Swati Lakra said.

“Bharosa – the support centre – would work on a holistic approach where a victim in distress would get all the help and support at one place,” she said adding that this was to ensure that victims of the most grievous forms of sexual violence were provided support in the first phase. Meanwhile, the Hyderabad police chief launched the centre’s website www.bharosahydpolice.org.

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