Muhammad Mukaram SRINAGAR: Response to the maiden helpline for women folk of Kashmir set up by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in a bid to curb the crime against women evoked a dismal response. The callers have hinted at the rising graph of domestic violence. The maiden toll free helpline established at the Women Police Station Rambagh in Srinagar on May 2 has registered over 50 calls with majority of complaints by the women callers suggesting harassment by husbands and in-laws. The data of callers accessed by the STATE TIMES suggest that majority of calls by the women were received from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district and the Central Kashmir’s Budgam district wherein women alleged harassment, intimidation and beating by their husbands. “There were fewer calls about eve teasing and harassment to girls. A few girl callers alleged that their photographs were uploaded by some boys on the social sites,” an official posted at the Women’ Police Station, Rambagh said. He said that in majority of the calls, they referred the callers to their respective districts. “For example, when we received calls from Anantnag district, we directed the caller to approach the women’s wing of their concerned police station in their respective districts. We provided them all the contact numbers and references as well,” said the official.
He said that similarly women callers from other districts were properly guided. “The complaints of harassment by husbands and in-laws from the callers from Srinagar district were entertained in the police station Rambagh itself. So far, since the launch of the maiden helpline, we have received 51 calls from almost all the districts of Kashmir,” the official said, adding, “Majority of the calls were from Anantnag and Budgam districts.”
The official, who maintains the log-book of calls, said that most of the women callers alleged intimidation and harassment by their husbands and in-laws. “All of them alleged domestic violence in one or the other way,” he said.
However, he said they were verifying many calls that looked suspicious in nature. “In many cases, the callers didn’t identify themselves; neither did they reveal their locations. At least a dozen calls are being verified,” he said.
On May 2, on the directions of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal, toll free numbers/maiden helpline was established for the women and girls of Kashmir to register their complaints to ensure that crimes against the women are curbed well in time.
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