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Steps to ensure women safety: Conrad

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said his government is committed to ensure safety and security of women and children.

Participating in the debate on Governor’s address on the floor on Friday, Sangma said department of social welfare was implementing a slew of measures to ensure that the women and children are allowed to lead a safe and secured life.

Sangma said The Protection of Women against Domestic violence Act 2005 The Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act 2006 amended in 2015. The Sexual Harassment of Women at work place (Protection, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 have adequate provisions.

“The Government has notified the District Magistrate in all the District (11) as District Officer to constitute the Local Complaints Committee to address the issue of sexual harassment at the work place, further, all the Institutions including Schools, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals etc having more than 10 employees have been directed to constitute the Internal complaints Committee to address the issue,” said the Chief Minister.

Sangma said ‘181’ Women Helpline – The 181 Women Helpline a 24 hour toll free number has been set up to provide immediate emergency services to women in distress and those affecting by violence seeking support and information. 

According to the chief minister, One Stop Crisis Centre for Women – The Government has set up 2 (two) OSC’s at Shillong and Tura, a 24 hours helpline to provide an integrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence.

The services provided are Shelter, Police desk, Legal, Medical and counseling services to victims of violence, he said adding that at present the centres are located at the premises of Ganesh Das Hospital Shillong and Civil Hospital Tura.

A Special Cell for Women at Sadar Police Station – The cell provides emotional support, counseling, referral services to the aggrieved women, he told the House.