Manipal, July 15, 2015: Udupi DC Dr R Vishal said stringent measures are taken for effective impleme- ntation of the programmes initiated through Women & Child Welfare Department.
Speaking at the meeting held to review the facilities, rehabilitation packages and compensation offered to victims and beneficiaries, he directed officials to elaborate over the achievement ratio under each schemes. Officials reviewed measures and actions taken against atrocity cases reported, which includes domestic violence, child marriages, drug menace, sexual assaults and dowry cases.
One officer reported six cases were reported under Dowry Act during first quarter of 2015 -16 fiscal year and measures were taken to ensure justice to victims and also compensation packages. Women Special Cell is taken care of by the health department, police department and district legal service authority. As many as 34 women have sought help through the cell. The helpline number is 181. Three Santhvana Kendras are operating in the district. Women advocates are part of legal proceedings. The co-ordinated efforts are taken up jointly by state home, child development planning officials, police department, the officer said.
Women and Child Welfare Department in charge deputy director said awareness over women and children trafficking is taken up at village and taluk level. Beneficiaries are also briefed over the Act against women and children illegal trafficking. Distressed women are offered shelter under government owned shelter for women ’Stri Sevaniketana’, girls Balamandira and state home. He said no cases related to child marriages are reported and the concerned are directed to take measures under POCSO Act. The priests and organisers of child marriages have also been warned, he added.
Udupi SP Annamalai said nearly 90 per cent public smoking is in control under COTPA in the district. The DC said as many as 21 transgender are receiving monthly pension under Maitri scheme and the ration card would be ensured to the transgender on priority. Sex workers would also be assisted for self employment under Chethana programme.