Failure to launch: Helpline for Delhi women in limbo due to glitch

by Dec 31, 2012

In a bid to check the increasing rate of crime against the women in the national capital, the Delhi Government announced the launch of a round-the-clock helpline ''181'' from today to offer immediate help to women in distress. However, minutes after its launch, it didn't work and might not till much later today, if all goes well.

It's now expected to be relaunched at 6 pm.


According to CNN-IBN, while Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was slated to inaugurate the helpline on Monday afternoon, the Central government had already announced that the helpline was already in place.

Dikshit looked grim as she left the office at the Central Secretariat from where the helpline number will be operated and refused to speak to reporters, reported NDTV.

The helpline, which will operate from the Chief Minister's office in Delhi Secretariat, will be connected to all the 185 police stations across the city. The number ''181'' can be dialled from fixed and mobile phones.

After the outrage over the brutal gangrape and assault of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in the national capital on 16 December, the Delhi government had said that it would make the helpline number, 181, operational for women in distress.

The Telecom Ministry had released the three-digit number following the chief minister's request and incidentally is the first three-digit number to have been allotted by the Ministry in two years.

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