The Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal has launched a women helpline called Sakhi 181 to control the crime against women in the state.
The helpline is part of a scheme under the Union ministry of women and child development to provide 24 hours response to women affected by violence which will initially work from 9am to 5.30pm but will soon be a 24×7 service.
- It is a tech-enabled human response system, which follows instructions depending on what is fed to it by the caller. Women can use this helpline for any kind of assistance, including a medical emergency, an urgent need for family counselling or if they require assistance from the police.
- The helpline can be used for any kind of assistance, and not just in the event of a threat to their safety.
- Superintendents of police of all the districts have been asked to ensure swift and correct filing of charge sheet in all crimes against women so that justice can be given to the victims.
- The service is integrated with women police stations, state commission for women, family counselling centres, NGOs, legal service centres, shelter homes, medical and legal experts.