05 December 2019
New Delhi: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned Rs 100 crores from 'Nirbhaya' Fund for setting up and strengthening of Women Help Desks in Police Stations. This scheme is set to be implemented by all the states as well as Union Territories, according to an MHA statement.
"Women Help Desks would focus on making the Police Stations more women-friendly and approachable, as they would be the first and single point of contact for any woman walking into a police station. Essentially, lady police officers would be deployed at these help desks," said the statement.
The officials of Women Help Desk would be trained to be sensitive towards women, it said, adding that these help desks would have enlisted panel of experts like lawyers, psychologists and NGOs to facilitate legal aid, counseling, shelter, rehabilitation and training etc."