Mangalore, September 10: Principal Secretary of Karnataka government Women and Child Welfare Department Dr Amitha Prasad said, ‘Nirbhaya’ centres will be set up in each district to aid the female victims of molestation, rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.
Speaking to the media about the sidelines of a one-day workshop on prevention of sexual harassment at work place, here at Zilla Panchayat hall on Tuesday, she revealed that the office of the centre will be opened near Dakshina Kannada SP office. The centre is being opened following the direction of the Central government.
In Kerala, Onestop centre has been opened in 2009, and Santwana centres were opened in Karnataka in 2012. The centre will provide victims with medical assistance and, police assistance. The centre will have a physician and a women constable. If any women is faces any threat, then she can visit the centre.
She also added, the district hospital also has a responsibility to help who have been sexually assaulted. One room in a district hospital will be earmarked for the purpose. As women who have undergone the trauma cannot reveal the incidents again, she will be treated in the room to maintain privacy. Even Cops have to record her statement there itself.
She revealed that the Medical superintendent will be in-charge of treating her in the room.
Stating that there are 174 Santwana centres in the State, Amitha Prasad said that 24 new Santwana centres will be started shortly. The government has decided to hike the honorarium of the volunteer who work in the Santwana kendra from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000.
It has also been proposed to provide compensation upto Rs 1 lakh for the victims by merging the compensation amount available in various departments.
Speaking at the workshop, she said there is a need to teach moral values and culture among children to check rise in sexual assault cases in the society. Hence, the government has decided to constitute ‘mother’s forum’ in every gram panchayat and wards of the City Corporation.
“There is a need to imbibe values to the children at very young age”. A women committee should be constituted in an organisation that has more than 15 women staff. The committee should be formed at the district level.
President of State Women Commission Manjula Manasa said that 1,650 cases are pending for disposal before the Commission. In a few cases, while filing complaint to the police, and minister, many complainants attach a copy to the Women Commission.
She denied commenting on Maitreya incident as the matter is before the court.
A B Ibrahim the Deputy Commissioner revealed that, women complaint redressal committee has been constituted in DK. The committee has received five complaints. In the last five years, 1,113 sexual assault cases have been registered in the police stations, of which, 710 cases have been disposed off. State Women Commission Members Pushpalatha, Shyamala Bhandary and women and child welfare department Deputy Director Gatrude Veigas were present.