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India's First one stop crisis center opens in bhopal

Aamir Khan, Indian Film Industry's most industrious actor, inaugurated India's first one stop crisis center that opened in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, on Monday, June 16th, 2014. The inaugration of the new center by the hands of Aamir Khan is very apt since the man has brought various social issues that plagues the Indian society to the very forefront via his show- 'Satyamev Jayate', raising awareness and forcing discussions on the plight of the girl child and women in India. The show's twitter account posted the following tweet following the inauguration. (Photo Credit: Satyamev Jayate). 

Zee News reported that during the press conference, the 49-year-old actor said, "I'm extremely happy to be here today, and the reason is the launch of our country's very first One Stop Crisis Centre, which is an important first step towards protection for women."  

The center is said to provide every support under one roof- medical, police, emotional, forensic and judicial. According to Wall Street Journal, the center, called the Gauravi center, is run with the help of the non-profit NGO, Action Aid India. The center's goal is to help women 'navigate through the minefield of issues including abuse, violence and torture'. The report says that the Gauravi center is the latest in a string of initiatives to protect women that have started to operate since New Delhi created its own 24-hour helpline for women a week after a 23-year-old student was gang-raped and murdered in December 2012. The Delhi helpline is being expanded nationally, including most recently to the central state of Chhatisgarh, according to a news report in the Times of India

As per the article on WSJ, victims of rape, domestic violence and sexual harassment from across the country can call a 24-hour toll-free number, 1800-233-2244, set up at the Gauravi center to ask for help, or visit the center to seek medical care, counseling, legal aid, and assistance with filing a police complaint.

We say, seems like the wheels are finally moving in India as far as women's issues are concerned. Of course, this is just a start. As per National Crime Record Bureau's 2012 report, Madhya Pradesh had the highest number of rapes, so a one-stop center there is no doubt a long overdue action, but in the light of the recent double rape and murder in Uttar Pradesh, obviously, such centers are required all over the country. The best part about the center is that it is run with the help of NGO. Again, the UP incident brings to light how unreliable the police tends to be in remote villages of India, so kudos for NGO's involvement. However, so much more needs to be done, so much faster. Time is of the essence here. 


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