The One Stop Center (SAKHI), Churachandpur has so far registered and taken up 42 cases related to women and children’s problems in the district.
Grace Zamnu, administrator of the OSC told the Imphal Free Press that since their inception they have entertained 42 cases ranging from women and children in distress, victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse/harassment, kidnap and missing, child labour, child abuse (POCSO), cybercrime, human trafficking, etc. which came to them through their helpline number or from the victim’s family members and also from victims who come in person.
She said that the OSC Churachandpur provided a five-day temporary shelter including free boarding and lodging where they also provided free medicine, legal assistants, counselling, police protection, etc. and also held a continuous awareness campaign in different Churches and to civil societies organisations, apart from their case intervention, which are made to uphold the right of Women and Children.
The Center is well equipped with staff which include case workers, legal assistant, police facilitator, security guard, medical staff (nurse), multi-purpose workers, counsellors, computer operators, the administrator informed.
Grace informed that the major problems they faced are Customary law Intervention, culprit bailout affecting the victims, irregular receipt of OSC Management fund and no fencing at the OSC which literally exposes the victims as the centre lies in the heart of the town.
Of the 42 cases, a majority of the cases were related to domestic violence with 22, four in human trafficking and five in POCSO. It was also learned that the OSC, Churachandpur has not received any aid from the government since the last 6 months and that it is struggling to survive with a new case coming up Thursday morning related to child abuse.