Women's helpline launched in Mumbai

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Mumbai, Jan 29 (UNI) Sheriff of Mumbai, Dr Indu Shahani launched a special helpline number to help women, who are facing sexual harassment and violence.

''Every hour, 18 women face sexual abuse and harassment in India, and Mumbai has the highest percentage of victims, according to National Crime Records Bureau. The helpline will enable the victims to seek help,'' Dr Shahani said after the launch yesterday.

The women in distress can call the helpline number '1298', which in turn is connected to around 16 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Maharashtra State Women's Council and report their problem.

She said she will approach the corporates and other organisations to develop overnight shelters for women as a second step.

The other NGO's involved in the women's helpline project are Special Cell for Women and Children, Akshara, YMCA, Women Graduates Union, in addition to others.


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