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A letter has been addressed to the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) and the National Commission for Women (NCW) proposing the implementation of various urgent measures, including the wide publication of a Domestic Violence Phone Helpline to protect those facing domestic violence during the now extended COVID-19 lockdown.
The letter states that since India has been under a complete lockdown for the last 20 days, there have been various instances and reports of increased domestic violence against women.
Though the NCW had launched a whatapp alert number (+91 7217735372) for the benefit of domestic violence victims and is accepting complaints via email, the letter requests that steps be taken urgently to ensure that women in India do not go remedy-less, especially as the second phase of the lockdown has begun.
In this regard, the letter notes that most women in India may not necessarily be aware of the existence of the National Commission for Women and therefore may not come to its website to see the whatsapp alert number. Further, it is pointed out most women in India may not have access to whatsapp or email/internet.