Across country, women’s helplines remain helpless

NEW DELHI: Days after the police expressed a willingness unseen till now to tackle crimes against women, a look at helplines across the country shows an acutely disparate picture of the phone support mechanism set up to help the distressed. In some states like UP, calls have been coming in thick and fast at the Women’s Power Line (1090) set up by chief ministerAkhilesh Yadav almost two months ago. According to the office of UP’s director general of police, the Women’s Power Line has received 1.27 lakh calls since its inception, of which 14, 346 calls were pertaining to obscene calls received by women, while 6322 related to other crimes. The DGP’s office claims to have settled, to the complainant’s satisfaction, a total of 8026 complaints.


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