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GS 2: Governance | Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these scheme

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More than 1,90,000 victims across the country have accessed the OSCs, sponsored by the Centre under the Nirbhaya fund .

Sakhi One Stop Centre:

  • Ministry of WCD has formulated a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centre, a sub – scheme of Umbrella Scheme for National Mission for Empowerment of women including Indira Gandhi Mattritav Sahyaog Yojana.
  • It is a scheme sponsored under the Nirbhaya fund set up for safety of women after the gang rape of a paramedical student in December 2012 in New Delhi.
  • It being established across the country to provide integrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces in phased manner.
  • The scheme envisages an OSC for medical, legal, psychological and police help for victims of gender-based abuse such as sexual assault or domestic violence.
  • So far, 234 OSCs have been set up and 485 more are in the pipeline to cover all 719 districts in the country.
  • According to government data shared before Parliament, more than 1,90,000 women across the country have accessed these centres.

Functioning of the OSCs:

  • When a victim of domestic violence comes here, she is asked what relief she wants.
  • If she wants a compromise, the husband is called and both of them are counselled.
  • After this, she is asked to sign on an agreement letter and is sent back to her home and a follow-up is conducted.
  • If a rape victim comes to the centre , it is first ascertained whether she is speaking the truth.
  • First the centre in-charge speaks to her and then a counsellor cross-examines her.
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