Establishment of women Help lines throughout the State
Women who are victims of various atrocities such as dowry, rape,
sexual harassment, domestic violence etc are subjected to physical
and mental torture besides having to face social & financial
problems. With a view to console these women and rehabilitate
them, the scheme of “ Helpline” was launched. Helpline
was established as a crisis intervention centre for women in distress.
It is a unit within the system of the government (Dept. of Social
Welfare), which is committed to respond to the critical needs
of the victims of violence. Counselling services if needed are
provided, by trained counsellors. If legal assistance is necessary
the same is provided through Legal Services authority or through
the legal aid committee functioning under the chairmanship of
a District magistrate.
HELPLINE was established in Patna in September 1999 as a crisis
intervention centre for women in distress. Every district of Bihar
shall have one Helpline. The Monthly Report seen in annual reports submenu.
stay homes for women and girls
WDC aims at providing temporary shelter and support to women and
girls, who have no social support systems to rely on and also
to rehabilitate women and girls socially and economically by provision
of skill training and counselling.The Monthly Report seen in annual reports submenu.
WDC aims at providing safe hostel accommodation to working women
living out of their homes. This scheme envisages provision of
safe and affordable accommodation to working women (single working
women, women working at places away from their home-towns, working
but husband out of town, widows, divorcees, separated women etc.)
and women being trained for employment and girl students studying
in post school professional courses. WDC plans to open this hostel
in Bhagalpur, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna and Darbhanga Presently.
In order to sensitize the stakeholders and create mass awareness
at the community level; awareness campaigns and training programme
are organized on a regular basis. Use of Nukkad natak, documentary
films, poster and banner will be used as effective medium of the
campaign. The Social Awareness Programme of WDC is aimed at dealing
with the eradication of various social evils such as dowry system,
child marriage, dayan, sexual harassment at work place, trafficking,
female feticide, women’s social & economic right, drug
addiction and atrocities on women. It is also proposed that local
folk teams and special groups such as Nat, Beggars, Destitute
are be trained and developed to sustain the process of awareness
Family Counselling Centres are also proposed to be set with the
aiming to support and sustain a community owned and managed family
center, which would work for gender just society.
Legal provisions take a long time to be enforced successfully.
Therefore, these victims need to be supported by a range of programmes
which can provide succour to them within a short period of time.
Fund under Social Rehabilitation Programme shall be utilized for
rehabilitating women and their children who are victims of adverse
circumstances and need support for rehabilitation, repatriation
and reintegration. Legal aid, counselling, crisis intervention,
vocational training, assistance for livelihood, education, information,
advocacy, etc. can be some of the activities that may be taken
up under the programme.
The scheme aims to provide day care services to children (0-5)
of working parents. The facilities provided to children under
the scheme include sleeping and day care facilities, supplementary
nutrition, immunisation, medicine and recreation. The state government
has decided to start 100 crèches in the State.
WDC plans to provide helter homes for women in difficult circumstances.
This will include Trafficked women/girls rescued or runaway from
brothels or other places or women/girl victims of sexual crimes,
who are disowned by family or who do not want to go back to respective
family for various reasons. Women Development Corporation as the
implementing agency plans to take up the responsibility of rehabilitating
such women. It has proposed to start a shelter home with 50 beds
in Patna in the current financial year. To provide primary need
of shelter, food, clothing and care to the marginalized women/girls
living in difficult circumstances who are without any social and
economic support; To provide emotional support and counselling
to such women; To rehabilitate them socially and economically
through education, awareness, skill up gradation and personality
development through behavioral training etc; To arrange for specific
clinical, legal and other support for women/girls in need of those
interventions by linking and networking with other organizations
in both Government and non-Government sectors on case to case
basis. An advertisement in this regard was publised earlier and 6 NGOs had been shortlisted and physical verification of these NGOs are being completed.