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Helpline for women opened in Nagaland

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, June 27 - Nagaland Governor PB Acharya inaugurated Sakhi-One Stop Centre with a Helpline 181 on Thursday to provide integrated support and assistance to distressed and needy women at a function in Dimapur civil hospital premises.

Addressing the inaugural programme, the Governor made a clarion call to change the mindset of the menfolk towards the fair sex while noting that we fail to recognise women�s role in the family and the society.

This mindset has to change and we must accept women as part and parcel of the society, he stressed while appealing to allow them to have a greater say in every sphere of our life, including in political field through democratic means.

Acharya said the society is seeing women marching ahead in every field while highlighting the multiple roles played by women as home makers, guardians of children and the hard work put in by them in every field.

�Yet despite all these, sometimes women are taken for granted and not looked at as human beings due to greed for money and entertainment, and we should change this mindset with all seriousness,� the Governor said.

He also observed that domestic violence was being committed by own near and dear ones. Terming women as the living force behind the human race, Acharya reminded the gathering that women are our mothers, our sisters and our daughters.

Describing the opening of the One Stop Centre as a landmark event, Acharya asked the administration to take extra care so that perpetrators of violence against women do not go scot free.

In her introductory address, Dellirose M Sakhrie, Secretary to Government of Nagaland, Department of Social Welfare, said the One Stop Centre will provide round the clock integrated service and assistance to women affected by violence within the family, community and at the workplace under one roof. It will also facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services including medical, legal, psychological and counseling support under to fight against any form of violence against women, she added.

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