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'Our heads hang in shame'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  9 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Crimes against women

NEW DELHI, March 8: Prime Minister rendra Modi on Sunday said “our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women” and that his government has initiated several steps to help women who face violence and abuse.

In a statement on the Intertiol Women’s Day, the prime minister said he “salutes the indomitable courage and stellar achievements of women”.

However, he added: “Our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women.”

Modi said: “We must walk shoulder-to-shoulder to end all forms of discrimition or injustice against women.”

He said his government is setting up One-Stop Centres that will provide assistance, legal advice and psychological counselling to women who face violence or abuse.

A mobile helpline will be started where women can dial 181 and seek counselling and referral services, Modi said.

He pointed out that the government has started several measures to bring “a positive change in the lives of women”.

Modi said the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yoja seeks to usher in a paradigm shift in attitudes towards the girl child and places emphasis on educating the girl child.

He said the Sukanya Samruddhi Yoja will provide support for marriage and education of young women.

He hoped that MUDRA Bank will help thousands of women achieve fincial independence.

Referring to the broadbased social security schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yoja, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Bima Yoja and Atal Pension Yoja prsenented in union budget, he hoped that such schemes will benefit women in a big way. IANS

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