Ahmedabad: On the occasion of International Women's Day, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel extended the services of 'Abhayam', a women's helpline, to entire Gujarat.
Till now, the '181' helpline, which aims to provide timely assistance and guidance to women in case of any emergency or violence against them, was available only in two cities and one district in the state.
This toll-free helpline was first made operational in February last year in Ahmedabad and Surat cities, and Gandhinagar district, an official release said.
"In the last one year, more than 17,000 women have called on this helpline and received timely assistance from trained counselors," it said.
"This is a toll-free helpline, which will remain active round the clock. Any woman can seek assistance, guidance or advise from this helpline. For those who will be in need of immediate help, we will reach to them through these 37 Abhayam rescue vans," Patel said during the inauguration ceremony.
This helpline has been linked to other helplines like '108' (emergency) and '1098' (child helpline), so that women can get all the necessary help from one place.
Apart from helping women in case of emergencies, the helpline also provides guidance related to physical and mental health, legal provisions, child birth, government schemes for women and other women-oriented issues, it said.