Sexually Abused Victims to Get Shelter
23 Jan 2013
After taking various steps to prevent atrocities against women and children and to ensure speedy prosecution in such cases, the Kerala government has initiated measures to protect and rehabilitate the victims.State Chief Minister Oommen Chandy opened the first shelter home for rehabilitating the victims of sexual abuse in the state capital on Tuesday. The centre is equipped to help the victim heal, recover, empower and reintegrate back into society.
The Nirbhaya homes will offer medical aid, counselling, education, job training and legal protection to the victims.They will also aid prosecution of culprits with the support of police and government officials. The government has decided to set up special fast track courts for the early disposal of sexual harassment cases and other cases involving violence against women. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has already taken up the matter with State Chief Justice.
Currently, 360 victims of sexual abuse are lodged in children’s homes and other shelter homes across the state. The centre at Trivandrum can accommodate 50. Another new home will be ready at Venjaramoodu in the outskirts of the city soon.
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