One Stop Centre scheme

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Recently, the union Minister for Women and Child Development said that One Stop Centres to help women who have faced violence have been established in over 700 districts across the country.

About One Stop Centre scheme

  • · It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme formulated under the union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD).
  • · Objectives
    • o To provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces under one roof.
    • o To facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services including medical, legal, psychological and counselling support under one roof to fight against any forms of violence against women.
  • · Target group
    • o It supports all women including girls below 18 years of age affected by violence, irrespective of caste, class, religion, region, sexual orientation or marital status.
    • o For girls below 18 years of age, institutions and authorities established under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 linked with the OSC
  • · Funding: The Scheme will be funded through Nirbhaya Fund. The Central Government will provide 100% financial assistance under the Scheme.
  • · Administration: The day to day implementation and administrative matters would be the responsibility of the District Collector/District Magistrate.
  • · The OSC will facilitate access to: Emergency Response and Rescue Services, Medical assistance, assistance to women in lodging FIR/ NCR/DIR, psycho-social support/ counseling, legal aid and counseling, shelter and Video Conferencing Facility.

Q1) What is the Nirbhaya Fund’ ?

The Government of India had set up a dedicated fund called ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security for women in the country. Under the Nirbhaya Fund, one of the schemes namely “One Stop Centre (OSC) Scheme” has been implemented across the country since 1st April 2015. 

Source: 700 One Stop Centres set up across the country