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Helpline for victims of sexual abuse

There is an immediate need to set up a helpline through which the parents of the victims of sexual abuse in educational institutions could seek support, said Poornima Advani, chairperson, National Commission for Women.

Speaking at a press conference in Chennai yesterday after a public hearing on violence and abuse against women, the chairperson of the commission said that 'unless a central helpline is created we have no hope of providing justice to the victims who are subjected to sexual harassment in educational institutions'. She also said the State government would be urged to form an action plan for the rehabilitation of the victims.

Poornima Advani said that so far there had been no such plans and added that the need for gender sensitisation, prevention of second generation prostitution and establishment of creche for children of sex workers had to be addressed.

She said cases of HIV should be dealt with sensitivity and that testing should be made either mandatory or voluntary. She said the Tamilnadu State Commission for Women's report and recommendations would be submitted before Chief Secretary of Tamilnadu and secretaries of various departments at a meeting. The commission would also advise the government on the social, economic development of women in the State, she said.

Source: News Today

 
 

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