Reported by Santosh Jjagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 3:
Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Mmarik today inaugurated a Women Support Centre (WSC) christened as ‘Maadhyam’ at the headquarters of the Twin city Commissionerate of Police here.
The WSC, which would provide a range of services to women and girl survivors of violence at home, in the public or workplaces, would be run by Institute for Social Development (ISD) in collaboration with the Commissionerate of Police and Oxfam India.
Twin City Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma, Additional Commissioner of Police Dr Santosh Bala, Commissioner cum Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development Saswat Mishra and Oxfam India’s regional manager Akshaya Kumar Biswal were present at the inaugural ceremony.
WSCs will be functioning from the offices of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
Addressing a 200-strong gathering consisting of officers of the police, civil society members, activists and media persons, the DGP said the ‘Maadhyam’ in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar will be a ray of hope for the many women and girls, who had no scope redressal of violence faced by them earlier.
Maintaining that only greater awareness would help reduce violence against women, the DGP said people should unitedly work to address social problems faced by women. Social organisations should also work in tandem to bring change in the society, which is now suffering from various complications, he added.
“We should support and respect women as they play an important role in strengthening society,” the top cop said.
Outlining the objectives of the WSC, ISD chairperson Namrata Chadha said the WSC would provide a range of services to women and girls survivors of violence at the domestic, public and workplace levels. The services would range from counseling, emotional support and crisis intervention besides medical aid, livelihood, shelter and legal support, she added.
Oxfam India’s regional manager Akshaya Kumar Biswal said the WSC has trained women counselors – Mina Bhagat and Swapna Tripathy in Bhubaneswar and Rupashree Behera and Soumya Sahu in Cuttack – to provide these services to the women and girls, he added.
Four more WSCs would function soon in Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Kalahandi under a collaborative effort of the police department, local women’s rights organisations and Oxfam India, he revealed.