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Group to aid victims - Delhi gets support centre

Monday, January 16, 2017

Guwahati, Jan. 15: New Delhi has got a new support centre to assist women facing sexual violence and racial discrimination.

Manipur-based rights activist Binalakshmi Nepram, who leads the Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, joined hands with Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), another NGO, and inaugurated the support centre yesterday.

The support centre, situated at Safdarjung Enclave of South Delhi, will have trained woman counsellors, a psychiatric and a legal expert to provide immediate support to the victims of sexual violence and racial discrimination.

"The aim of this support centre is to provide relief, rehabilitation and legal assistance to survivors of racial and sexual violence. It will also act as a place for regular interaction, discussion on women rights, human rights, livelihood options, government schemes, and most importantly, provide psychological support and handholding for legal assistance to individual women victim of sexual violence and racial discrimination. The centre will try to act as an intermediary between the governments and communities," a statement from Control Arms Foundation of India said today.

Nepram has been working to assist the victims of violence in Manipur and parts of the Northeast and providing livelihood options. She has been demanding that women should be given opportunity to be part of peace-building initiatives and treaties with the rebel groups in the region.

The NGO has been working in the field of addressing gender based violence in conflict areas for the past five years. The NGO has already opened similar support centres for women in Tripura, Manipur and Assam.

Nepram said the support centre was opened in New Delhi as part of its initiative to assist women victims of violence given the fact that the national capital registered 284 per cent increase in rape cases between 2011 (572 cases) and 2015 (2,199 cases).

"New Delhi reported the highest rate of rapes in 2015 - 23.7 per 1,00,000 population. The conviction rate of people accused of crime against women in the country stood at a dismal 21.7 per cent last year and 35 per cent in Delhi. Crimes against people from the Northeast living in the national capital have increased by around 270 per cent in two years. Of the total number of cases registered last year, there were eight cases of murder and two of attempt to murder, 14 of rape, 16 of molestation and as many as 21 cases related to obscenity and stalking," said a statement.


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