Helplines for women in distress, NGO details, where to complain about dowry harrassment and more.
What are the helplines for women in distress?
Vanitha Sahayavani initiated by the Bangalore police force helps women in distress, provides them counselling, helps them with short stay home facilities and rehabilitation. The helpline, in particular, comes to the rescue of women with marital problems or property disputes. Call 1091.
Ashraya Women's Centre, Indiranagar is for women who have been physically and mentally abused and to those who have been abandoned. The organisation provides shelter, counselling, legal-aid and vocational training. Ph: 25251929. .
Which are the NGOs working for women in Bangalore?
Stree Jagruthi Samithi focuses on the rights of domestic workers. They work for labour rights, fair treatment and essential benefits of domestic workers. They are located at 1863, South End C Cross, 9th Block, Jayanagar. Ph: 22734956 .
SICHREM (South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring) in Lingarajapuram fights for human rights for the disempowered including women. Ph: 25473922/25492856.
Campaign and Struggle against Acid Attacks in Women, BTM Layout can be reached at 9448046252 or 9448444254.
How do I complain against dowry harassment?
Demanding and giving dowry, itself, is regarded as a punishable offence under the Dowry Prohibition Act (1961). If harassment for dowry occurs after the marriage, the woman can file a case under IPC Section 498A and can result in an imprisonment of up to three years.
Vimochana, based in Marutiseva Nagar, is a forum for women's rights, issues like marital violence and dowry harassment. Ph: 2549 2781/2549 2783. .
Mahila Dahkshata Samiti, AECS Layout also helps dowry victims to start over. They provide short stay homes and provides vocational training. Ph: 23512543.
Can I complain against domestic violence?
Section 498A that includes dowry harassment law is applied to domestic violence as well. Here, the man can be booked if he indulges in physical violence, denies the woman food, behave in a perverse manner, locks the woman out of the house regularly or confines the woman to the four walls of the house, denies that the children are his own, etc. If the man is proven guilty, he can face imprisonment of up to three years. The FIR need not be filed by the victim alone but also by a close relative of the victim. Human Rights Law Network, Bangalore provides legal help. Ph: 65624757.
Do women have special rights when under arrest?
According to the law, women can refuse arrest between 6 pm to 6 am even if the police have a warrant. When the arrest takes place, it has to be done in the presence of a female officer and the woman must be lodged in a separate lock-up where no male suspects are kept.
Are there any laws against eve-teasing?
If you are a victim of eve-teasing, you can evoke Section 298(A) and (B) of the Indian Penal Code. This law states that a man guilty of making obscene gestures, remarks, songs or recitation towards a woman can be jailed for up to 3 months. Other laws include, Section 192 of the IPC where showing a woman pornographic or obscene pictures, books or slips can lead to a fine of Rs 2000 along with two years in jail for first time offenders or five years in jail if the offence is a repeated one. And under Section 509, any obscene gestures or comments or indecent language aimed at a woman can result in a year of rigourous imprisonment or a fine or both. Blank Noise is a project to fight this evil.
What do I do if I am being sexually harassed at the workplace?
In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled that "unwelcome sexual advances, the request for sexual favours and other verbal and physical conduct with sexual overtones" come under the gamut of sexual harassment and is punishable. Make a formal complaint to the authorities (both the police and higher authorities at the workplace) and you will be provided with the option of obtaining a transfer for yourself or for the accused. Supreme Court guidelines impose an obligation on the employer to set up a Complaints Committee, which should be headed by a woman, have half its members as women, include a thirdparty representative from an NGO.
Which are the support groups and networking forums for career women?
AWAKE or Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka started off in 1983 and has been dedicated to Entrepreneurship development since then. It is wholly run by women entrepreneurs who help nurture the talents, ideas and ventures of other women with counselling, training and by imparting their experience and knowledge. Ph: 23389964 / 23111059 / 23385874.
TiE Women was launched in 2005 to help women better their businesses or improve their contributions to the company that they worked for. It has been pushing women bring about and manage change and create a congenial environment that facilitates their growth as leaders and entrepreneurs. Ph: 4147 4567/69
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