National women’s helpline to be launched

To tackle crimes against women and to increase awareness about their rights, the Department of Social Welfare will be launching 181, the national women’s emergency helpline in the State.

The work is underway and it will be launched next month. Already emergency helplines like 1091 operated by the Police Department are available in the State. Besides calling in an emergency situation, women can also avail the helpline services to get information about their rights. The Department of Social Welfare will be tying up with the Health Department, the Police and the District Legal Services Authorities to deal with women’s issues.