Tamil Nadu govt launches 181 helpline for women

Tamil Nadu govt launches 181 helpline for women

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday launched a 24-hour helpline for women, among others, facing domestic violence and sexual harassment.

Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami launched the initiative developed at a cost of Rs 62.70 lakh. Launching the toll-free helpline number ‘181’, Palaniswami said it could be used to report any problem that women face.

Women can contact this number to report threats if they face any, sexual harassment or even dowry harassment cases, he said.

The 24-hour helpline aims to provide assistance to women who face physical, mental, sexual, emotional, mental or financial abuse. A similar helpline already exists in few other states including Gujarat.

The office will function at Amma Call Centre in Ambattur, Chennai, and would have assistance from five advocates, five psychological counsellors and one information technology expert.

The CM also distributed 8 grams of gold and Rs 50,000 each, to seven women, under the Thalikku Thangam scheme.

A sum of Rs 724 crore has been allocated for the scheme for the year 2018-19, aimed at reaching out to 1.11 lakh beneficiaries.

The ‘gold for mangalsutra’ scheme, a flagship initiative of the ruling AIADMK, provides for an allowance of eight grams of gold and cash assistance to women from economically backward families for their marriage.