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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Don’t suffer, just drop a complaint in ‘orange box’

Don’t suffer, just drop a complaint in ‘orange box’

Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, November 26

To prevent the crime against women, the Department of Social Security, Women and Child Development has come up with an idea of installing orange colored complaint boxes named “Aas” (hope) in the district. These boxes would be opened once in 24 hours and anyone can lodge a complaint about the victimisation of any woman.

“It is not necessary that the woman has to come and lodge her complaint. Even a relative or known person can lodge a complaint. Our office will open the box everyday and then try to sort out the matter with mediation. If the nature of complaint is serious, then free legal aid and free short stay will also be provided to the woman at our centre, Sakhi,” said Rattandeep Kaur Sandhu, District Programme Officer.

She said the first complaint box was installed today at the District Administrative Complex (DAC) and four more would be installed within a week at some other public places, including bus stand, railway station and civil hospital.

Rattandeep said, “After seeing the response of these boxes in Muktsar sub-division, these boxes will be installed in Gidderbaha and Malout sub-divisions too.”

“Most of the times women and girls don’t inform about their harassment due to the fear of insult or damage to their family’s prestige. We have just made the process easier for women to lodge their complaints. It’s not necessary to mention their name,” said an officer in the district administration.

In neighbouring Ferozepur district too, the orange complaint box has been launched.

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