Maha to extend 103 - women helpline number services
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 21:17
Mumbai: Ahead of International Women's Day, Maharashtra government today announced that the two-year-old special women's helpline number operational only in the city would be started in other parts of the state.

"In order to reduce crime against women, the state government has decided to extend the service of 103 helpline across the state," Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar said.

"The helpline number was started by Mumbai police two years ago in its jurisdiction. Now, the Home Minister has agreed to start the helpline with the same number in other parts of the state as well. It would be started soon," she added.

Iyengar was addressing a propramme held by the City Police to create awareness about the '103' helpline number, and intensify the fight against crime victimising women. The service of the number later was also used for crime against children and senior citizens.

The IAS officer has appealed to senior police officials to give equal priority to crime against women and give the complainants proper treatment when they approached them.

"I know police are overburdened. But after the complaint, police should also oversee to the progress of the complaint and bring it to its logical conclusion," she said.


First Published: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 21:17

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