Shillong, Nov 29: The Women helpline 181 received more than 36,000 SOS calls asking for protection from abuse and violence in Meghalaya.
“We received 36,362 calls as on date for which 477 cases have been registered, 158 cases are active and 304 are closed,” Social Welfare Minister Paul Lyngdoh said on Tuesday.
“The response has been not really bad considering that in a state where we generally tend to hide things and don’t go beyond the four walls of our house. The fact that 36,000 calls were made in the course of establishment since online service was activated shows that the response has been in fact high,” he added.
The minister informed that the government has decided to integrate the women helpline 181 and child helpline 1098 to ensure round the clock service to attend to such distress calls.
On the role of the traditional dorbar shnongs, Lyngdoh said, “We have taken the dorbars to be part of social welfare department and in fact some of the calls were made with the active support of the dorbar shnongs itself.”
Principal Secretary in-charge Social Welfare Sampath Kumar said that the government is also taking the help of self help groups (SHGs) to help families and taking them to the One-stop centre to take them to the proper support system available under the department.
“A lot of collaboration is going to happen. It is an issue which requires to be dealt with by all sides, not only department’s support, but we require a lot of community support and that support is properly channelized through this network we have in Meghalaya,” he stated.
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