Police offer Bharosa to distressed women, kids

Police offer Bharosa to distressed women, kids
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An integrated support centre to offer round-the-clock service for women, children in distress

An integrated support centre to offer round-the-clock service for women, children in distress

DGP Anurag Sharma vows to fulfill State government’s promise to ensure safety of women and children

Hyderabad: ‘Bharosa,’ an integrated support centre for distressed women and children, was inaugurated by Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy at HACA Bhavan here on Saturday.

Bharosa, an initiative of Hyderabad City Police, is a state-of-the-art centre to support women and children who are victims of violence. The Centre, which was announced on International Women's Day, would provide 24X7 services under one roof pertaining to police, medical, legal, prosecution, psycho-therapeutic counselling and relief and rehabilitation.

The centre is equipped with well-trained staff and modern gadgets, including facilities like video conferencing, so that the victims need not go to the court. "Today we have launched Bharosa, an integrated support centre for women and children who are in distress. This will go a long way in preventing victims of extreme violence from moving from pillar to post to different institutions and agencies," Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy told the reporters. Its objective was to facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services and to work towards resolving conflict in families by involving civil society, he said. It also aims to monitor every case and take it to its logical end, the city Police chief explained.

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 would be referred to the centre. They would be provided with specialised services, he said. This centre has been set up with the help of several NGOs and government departments.

Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma said women’s safety was a top priority for the government and all steps were being taken to that end. “The success of SHE Teams in Hyderabad made us realise the need for such teams in all the districts and each police station now has women police officers to attend to women- related issues,”

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