DIMAPUR, March 21: ‘ga Helpline’, a 24x7 helpline service for the people of galand, especially for women and children, was launched on Saturday at the office of North East Welfare Society (NEWS), Pura Bazar.
An initiative of NEWS, ga Helpline is dedicated to facilitate and extend support service to victims of various circumstances including domestic violence, racial discrimition, rape and molestations cases, gender insensitivity and child abuse.
EAC Chumukedima and administrator Chumukedima Town Council, Thungbemo Patton, who launched the helpline said in ga society, there are many victims suffering silently as they are either ignorant or do not have access to voice their complaints and grievances.
He said in the modern age of information technology, the helpline would prove to be a boon to the common citizen, especially women and children who are the most vulnerable sections of society.
Patton urged upon NEWS team to spread the news of the ga Helpline to other districts and remote areas so that the poor and needy can avail the service.
Director, ‘We Assamese’, Netish Pandey, who also spoke on the occasion, said the focus of the helpline is women and children as in many instances women and children are reluctant to lodge complaints in public. Pandey said the helpline would act as a bridge between the victims and authorities who can address their grievances.
He also mentioned that since the launching of ‘We Assamese’ in 2014, citizens have responded positively to the service.
Chairman, NEWS, Mhonbemo Patton, in his opening remarks said NEWS undertook the initiative to launch the helpline taking into account the various problems and violence that has penetrated every nook and corner of ga society.
“Culture and practices foreign to ga society such as rape, abuse of women and children, different forms of domestic violence has taken its toll necessitating a paradigm shift in adressing and advocating with the stakeholders for prevention, addressing and understanding the issues,” stated a concept note of NEWS on the helpline.
Any victim or those seeking queries can dial 970-7211011 for assistance. The helpline will be open 24x7 and strict confidentiality is assured.