New Delhi: The AAP government will be handing over its charge of the ‘181’ helpline to the Delhi Commission for Women. The helpline will be functioning under the DCW panel.
“Women Helpline 181 handed over to DCW. Have very big plans for it. Soon it will be made most effective women’s helpline in country,” DCW chief Swati Maliwal tweeted.
The decision to hand over the helpline to the panel was taken by the Delhi government after a series of meetings between the Women and Child Development and DCW Swati Maliwal.
According to official sources in the DCW, the helpline would be subjected a thorough makeover by the commission. Plans to increase the number of staff and volunteers are being discussed. More offices are likely to be opened so that complaints can be acted upon as soon as possible.
The move was made in the backdrop of the tussle between the AAP government and the helpline staff. The recent protests by a member of the women’s helpline claiming harassment from officials at WCD had also garnered attention from the government.
The helpline was inaugurated by former Cheif Minister, Sheila Dikshit, after the tragic rape of a student on December 16th, 2002. The helpline so far have received 12,75,000 calls and over 6,66,000 cases were registered.