National Workshop on Role of Sakhi One Stop Centres (OSCs) in Strengthening Multi Sectoral Response to Violence is was held in New Delhi. It was organized by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) and was inaugurated by WCD Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.
Around 400 Sakhi- One Stop Centre Functionaries and nodal officials from State Department of Women and Child Development from 33 States/UTs across the country had participated in workshop. It provided common platform to understand, discuss and deliberate on strengthening multisector response to address violence against women through Sakhi One Stop Centres across country.
Sakhi OSC Scheme
The Sakhi OSC scheme is being implemented by WCD Ministry since April 1, 2015. It aims to facilitate access to integrated range of services including medical aid, police assistance, legal aid and case management, psychosocial counselling and temporary support services to women affected by violence.
The WCD ministry had approved the scheme for setting up Sakhi One Stop Centres to support battered women on March 2015. Under the scheme, it has been envisaged that Sakhi OSCs will be set up across the country in a phased manner.
In the first phase, one centre was sanctioned per state/UT. Further, 150 additional centres were taken up in second phase. 50 additional OSCs were recently approved by WCD Ministry. Currently, 168 Sakhi OSCs are operational in 32 States/UTs. So far, around 70,000 cases have been reported at these centres.