Dimapur, September 22: Office of the Chief Medical Officer- Kohima and State Resource Centre for Women had a consultative meeting on gender based violence (GBV) with special reference to Sakhi – One Stop Centre (OSC), 181- Women Helpline (WHL), Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) & Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK)on September 20. The programme was chaired by Dr Asunu, DTO. The participants included health professionals from primary/ community health centres.
Overview of GBV stressing on various forms of violence like child sexual abuse, child marriage, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual harassment at workplace and cyber crime were highlighted by Gracy Ayee, State Coordinator, SRCW and further deliberated on convergence strategy to provide integrated services to survivors of GBV.
Vitsino Iralu, women helpline presented on the Medico Legal Care (MLC) guidelines given by Government of India which provides clear directives to all health sector in uniformity, treating and documenting cases of sexual violence as MLC case. She elaborated on the need of all the hospitals and institutions in bringing out the standard operational procedure.
The working mechanism and services provided by WHL-181 and Sakhi- OSC for women in distress were highlighted by Chothalu Phesao and Neilazotuo Pienyu. Introduction to MSK & BBBP was presented by Kesoneinuo Kense.
While emphasizing on the reality of violence faced by women of our society, Dr Joyce, President, Nagaland Medical Council shared the need to strengthen collaborative effort of key departments including the Health & Family Welfare , Social Welfare, Police and legal team to make our state a safer place for women. (Page News Service)