Create awareness of 181 helpline number of Delhi Women’s Commission – Rajendra Pal Gautam

  • More Protection Officers should be appointed Rajendra Pal Gautam
  • No increase in domestic violence cases during lockdown – Rajendra Pal Gautam

On Wednesday, Delhi Women and Child Development minister,  Rajendra Pal Gautam held an important meeting with DCW Chief Swati Maliwal, along with other members of WCD to discuss the notice issued by Union Government’s National Commission for Women (NCW) which reported a spike in domestic violence cases in Delhi. 
As per NCW, they received 123 complaints of domestic violence and said that they have observed a rise in such cases during the lockdown imposed to control the spread of coronavirus.
In the light of this, DCW Chief shared the data of calls with Cabinet Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam that contrary to NCW reports, there has been a sharp decline in the number of domestic violence cases and distress calls on their 181 helpline number. She said that before lockdown DCW received 1500 – 1800 calls per day on 181 helpline number for issues pertaining to domestic violence.  However, during the lockdown there was no increase in the number of calls rather there was a decline in the number of calls especially those regarding issues of domestic violence. Even the number of complaints in DCW’sOne Stop Centres have come to just 10 during the nationwide lockdown. 
As per the call record data of 181 helpline number regarding domestic violence complaints, DCW received only 212 calls from 30th March till April 6th and 171 calls from 14th April till 20th April. On a regular day, DCW receives 1500 -1800 calls per day on 181 helpline number regarding domestic violence cases. The commission has also observed a decline in cases and complaints of molestation, sexual assault, stalking in the Capital.
With regard to this, Rajendra Pal Gautam directed the officials to publicize more about the 181 helpline number in Delhi so that women in distress can reach out to DCW for help. 
Along with this, he has also directed that more Protection Officers should be appointed under the Domestic Violence Act. All vacancies need to be filled on an immediate basis.
Along with 181 helpline number, DCW has also launched a special WhatsApp Number +91- 9350181181 to register complaints regarding domestic violence
DCPCR recently launched a helpline number 011 – 41182977 for children who need any kind of mental health counselling during the lockdown.
Delhi Commission for Women(DCW), Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights(DCPCR) and the Department of Women and Child Development(WCD) under Cabinet Minister, Rajendra Pal Gautam has been proactively working towards the protection of both women and children in the Capital.