OSCs to be set to aid women survivors
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● The Central government will found out One Stop Centers (OSCs) across 10 missions to supply assistance to Indian women who are survivors of gender-based violence.
● The missions where the OSCs will come up are Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia , Australia, Canada and Singapore.
One Stop Centre Scheme
● Popularly referred to as Sakhi, Ministry of women and Child Development (MWCD) has formulated this Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
● it's a sub - scheme of Umbrella Scheme for National Mission for Empowerment of women including Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana.
● Under the scheme, One Stop Centres are being established across the country to supply integrated support and assistance under one roof to women suffering from violence, both privately and public spaces in phased manner.
● Target group: The OSC will support all women including girls below 18 years aged suffering from violence, regardless of caste, class, religion, region, sexual orientation or legal status .
● Fund: The Scheme are going to be funded through Nirbhaya Fund. The Central Government will provide 100% financial assistance to the government /UT Administrations under the Scheme.
The Centres are going to be integrated with a Women Helpline to facilitate access to following services:
● Emergency response and rescue services.
● Medical assistance.
● Assistance to women in lodging the FIR.
● Psycho- social support and counselling.
● Legal aid and counselling.
● Video conferencing facility.
Need for cover
● Gender Based Violence (GBV) may be a global health, human rights and development issue that transcends geography, class, culture, age, race and religion to affect every community and country in every corner of the world.
● The Article 1 of UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence 1993 provides a definition of gender -based abuse, calling it “any act of gender - based violence that leads to , or is probably going to end in , physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring publicly or privately life”.
● In India, gender based violence has many manifestations; from the more universally prevalent sorts of domestic and sexual violence including rape, to harmful practices like , dowry, honour killings, acid attacks, witch - hunting, harassment , child sexual assault , trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, child marriage, sex selective abortion, sati etc.
SOURCE: THE HINDU