Meghalaya is soon going to have its One Stop Crisis Centre for the rehabilitation of survivors of violence against women. The Centre which is set up at Ganesh Das Hospital, OPD building will be inaugurated by Meghalaya Minister, Social Welfare, Deborah C Marak on the 20th June.
The Centre will cater to comprehensive medical care, counselling and emotional support, legal and court activities, provision of temporary shelter and medical reporting for women victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, etc. The Centre will be operated by North East Network (NEN) in collaboration with Social Welfare Department.
As per police statistics, the crime rate against women in the State is increasing by the year. Police statistics revealed that in the year 2010, 261 cases of crime against women were registered in the state while the number increased to 269 in 2011. In 2012, cases of crime against women went down to 255 but the numbers shot up again in 2013 with 343 cases reported.
The most common form of crimes against women in Meghalaya is rape which sums up to 39 per cent of crimes committed against females.