Sunil Mungara,TNN | Dec 26, 2013,rapepublic1 

HYDERABAD: In the wake of a series of sexual assaults on women, an exclusive ‘one stop crisis cell’ (OSCC) for rape survivors will be set up in the city soon. The Hyderabad district administration has decided to give moral and financial support to the victims through the OSCC. Efforts are on to ensure the cell becomes functional in January.

The Hyderabad district administration has set up a six-member committee, consisting of a police officer (not below rank of inspector with a writer), a gynaecologist from government hospital, a woman lawyer from District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), victim service provider (in-charge of shelter), project director, women and child welfare department and panel experts such as sign language communicators, special educators and language interpreters, to provide moral support to the survivors as well as to ensure the cell works effectively.

“A 24X7 helpline will be put in place at Niloufer Hospital. The suvivors can call the helpline and give details like name, time and place of the incident to the operators manning the cell. Immediately, the woman police official will go to the location and rescue the victim. Counselling and emotional support to the victim and her family members will be given by the counsellor,” Hyderabad collector Mukesh Kumar Meena told TOI.

After rescuing her, the first step would be to provide treatment, under the supervision of the gynaecologist, at a government hospital.

Later, a compliant would be taken and an FIR against the culprits, involved in the offence, would be registered by police, he said. “We have also decided to set up a ‘victim compensation fund.’ Initially, we will start the fund by contributing Rs 10 lakh. An amount of Rs 50,000 will be given to the kin of the victim as immediate relief within a week of the offence.

However, the government has also issued a GO (No 28 of 2011) by the women and child welfare department, stating all rape survivors must be given Rs 50,000 as compensation. We have also decided to provide shelter to the victim, if she desires. The legal aid cell would provide legal assistance to the victim free of cost,” the collector added.The district administration is also planning to provide a tollfree number.

“We are making efforts to open the OSCC cell from third week of January,” the collector replied.


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