Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), has formulated a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centre, a sub – scheme of Umbrella Scheme for National Mission for Empowerment of women including Indira Gandhi Mattritav Sahyaog Yojana.
Popularly known as Sakhi, the scheme is being implemented since 1st April 2015. These Centres are being established across the country to provide integrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces in phased manner.
The objectives of the Scheme are:
To provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces under one roof.
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.
The OSC will support all women including girls below 18 years of age affected by violence, irrespective of caste, class, religion, region, sexual orientation or marital status.
Services offered in OSCs
The Centres will be integrated with a Women Helpline to facilitate access to following services.
1 . Emergency Response and Rescue Services.
2 . Medical assistance.
3 . Assistance to women in lodging FIR /NCR/DIR.
4 . Psycho – social support/ counselling .
5 . Legal aid and counselling.
6 . Shelter.
7 . Video Conferencing Facility.
Accessing One Stop Centre
A woman affected by violence can access OSC in the following manner:
1 . By herself; or
2 . Through any person including any public spirited citizen, public servant (as defined under section 21 of Indian Penal Code, 1860), relative, friend, NGO, volunteer etc. , or
3 . Through Women Helpline integrated with police, ambulance and other emergency response helplines.
State Government/ UT Administration.
The Scheme will be funded through Nirbhaya Fund . The Central Government will provide 100% financial assistance to the State Government /UT Administrations under the Scheme.