The Government is planning to raise the number of One Stop Centres (OSCs), homes for women affected by violence, from 193 to 600. Stating this during the foundation laying ceremony of Advanced DNA laboratory here on Friday, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said that the successful cases of OSCs will be recorded and would be used for creating wider awareness so that more women can avail benefits of these OSCs, popularly known as Sakhi Centres, she added.
The Minister also pointed out that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had recently created a special division to address the issues of women safety. She said she had written to all the ministries to create a similar division.
The MHA is creating a National Repository of Sexual Offenders and would share the profile of sexual offenders on this repository with the state/UTs.
Turning to the issue of projects appraised under the Nirbhaya Fund, the Minister thanked the Prime Minister for giving the utmost priority to women’s safety and security, and said that projects worth more than Rs 6,000 crore had been appraised under the Nirbhaya Fund by her Ministry.
Asked about disputes in NRI marriages, an issue of great concern to Punjab, the Minister said ''the WCD Ministry is in the process of issuing orders to the Registrars that NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours else the passport/visas would not be issued. The registrars would send the details of such NRI marriages to the WCD Ministry so that a Central database can be maintained.''
Any woman can approach the WCD Ministry in case they were deceived or cheated by NRI husband. The Ministry had recently issued six Look Out Circulars in such cases and in five cases, passports have been revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs, an official release here said. (UNI)