According to a 2017 WHO report, 1 in 3 Indian women experience physical and/or sexual abuse from their intimate partners. The NFHS of 2015-16 shows that 26.8% of married women in Delhi have experienced spousal violence; at a national scale, out of the 14.3% that sought help, only 7% contacted the relevant authorities, only 1% have ever sought help from a professional while 3% contacted the police and 2% spoke to a religious leader. Under the Nirbhaya Fund, Sakhi Centres have been established across the country to provide holistic support to survivors, including emergency response and rescue services. However, victims remain largely unaware of their existence and their first point of contact is the police, who often act as unwelcome mediators.
IF the Department of Women and Child Development Delhi can implement a community-bridge program, wherein two female points-of-contact are appointed from each ward of the NCT of Delhi to spread awareness and accessibility of Sakhi Centres, THEN women will be more cognizant and feel more comfortable in reaching out to these institutions for assistance.
Acts of domestic violence and discrimination can blight women’s lives and hold them back from playing a full part in the workplace, society, and the economy. We’re taking action to improve women’s rights and safety in the communities in which we operate.
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