Bharosa Centres to be established in all districts in Telangana: State Home Minister

Hyderabad, Sep 30 (FN Agency) Appreciating the Women Safety Wing for operating the Bharosa effectively, Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali on Thursday said that Centres will be established in all the districts in the state. Mohamood Ali, who chaired the General Body meeting of Bharosa Society for Protection of Women and Children here, as Ex-Officio Chairperson here, said that Bharosa Center is pride of Telangana State and supports for redressal of victims of DVC and other violence. Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy, the Chairperson, said that there is a need for getting a post of Woman Gynecologist in Bharosa Centre. Bharosa Society Member Secretary and Additional DG of Police ( Women Safety Wing, Telangana), Swati Lakra while briefing the Chair and Members of the General Body about the progress and overview of the activities of Bharosa Society, said that as many as 22,988 cases have been handled through 12 Bharosa Centres that are operational across the State till date since its inception, She said of the total cases that were handled at the Bharosa Centres, 79 per cent pertained to Domestic Violence Cases (DVCs).

Of the 12 centres in operation at present, half a dozen were running in police-owned sites while five were in rental buildings and one in Women and Child Welfare department building with a total sanctioned strength of 96 in addition to nine medical officers, who have been deputed to Bharosa Centres from the Medical, Health and Family Welfare department, she said. According to Lakra, 14 centres were under various stages of construction while 10 entities were supporting the construction of 17 centres including three that were already in operation. Bharosa centres at Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda were taken up under the Safe City Project.

Standard Operating Procedures for functioning of Bharosa centres have been finalized apart from establishing a feedback collection desk through a third party agency, she said. The staff was trained in life skills, communicating with children and adolescents and in organizing several awareness programmes ,she said and added that plans were already chalked out to start Bharosa centres in all districts by 2025. At the meeting, it was also resolved to send a proposal to the State government for making an amendment to GO. Ms. No.23 dated February 27, 2016 for converging Sakhi and Bharosa centres apart from sending doctors to Bharosa centres on deputation by the Health department. Principal Secretary Ravi Gupta and other senior officials were also present.