Tendulkar launches 'Women's Resource Directory'

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Mumbai, Sept 9 (UNI) Cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar and city Sheriff Indu Shahani today launched a comprehensive directory, containing details of NGOs and government agencies working for women, senior citizens and children.

The '1298 Women's Resource Directory', containing details of about 75 NGOs and government agencies in Marathi and English, would be distributed free of cost through Times Response Offices across the city, Ms Shahani said on the occasion.

A women's helpline, 1298, launched earlier this year receives an average of 20 calls per day and has aided in registration of 13,000 cases, the Sheriff added.

Citing similarities between cricketers and women, Ms Shahani said, ''Like cricketers, women should also be respected in the country.

They should not be put under pressure and should not be bowled a googly or an unfair delivery. Women should be allowed to play a fair game.'' According to the National Crime Records Bureau, every hour 18 women face violence, harassment and sexual abuse. Mumbai's contribution to all crimes against women in the state is the highest, she said.

Tendulkar, while speaking on the occasion, termed women as the backbone of the family. ''We should not only support but respect them as well. I'm totally against the crime on women. Every one should come ahead and report the cases to curb the crime against women,'' the batting legend added.


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