NEW DELHI: The Government has announced setting up anti-human trafficking units in all districts with the help of Nirbhaya Fund. In a tweet, Women and Child Development Minister, Smriti Irani said that women help desks will also be set up in all police stations across the country using this fund.
NIRBHAYA Fund will help set-up Women Help Desks in all Police Stations & Anti-Human Trafficking Units in all districts across the Nation. Initiative is an example of interdepartmental cooperation leading to effective governance under the leadership of PM @narendramodi Ji. pic.twitter.com/gkYsSuv5z6
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 2, 2019
The Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the sensational December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case in Delhi. Its aim was to support the initiatives of the government and the NGOs working towards the safety of women.
The minister said that this initiative will strengthen women safety and instil a greater sense of security among them. Mrs. Irani expressed her gratitude to Home Minister Amit Shah for speedy intervention and ensuring efficacy in fructifying these initiatives.
She said that the step will go a long way in addressing women and child safety in the country.
The empowered committee (EC) under Nirbhaya framework has recommended setting up anti-human trafficking units and women help desks at a cost of 100 crores rupees each to be fully funded by the centre. Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 to support the initiatives of the government and the NGOs working towards the safety of women.
On October 22, the Empowered Committee (EC) under Nirbhaya framework, chaired by WCD Secretary Rabindra Panwar had favourably appraised two proposals to develop systems for operationalisation of Women Help Desks (WHDs) in police stations.
These proposals were for expansion of Anti-Human-Trafficking-Units (AHTUs) to all districts and identified officers for dealing with crime and policing matters pertaining to women and children at district and state/ UT levels across the country.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development had asked the MHA to sanction Rs 100 crore each for setting up help desks at 10,000 police stations and for expanding AHTUs in the remaining districts of India.
At present, the AHTUs are functional in 146 districts of the country.