First centre to handle sexual assault cases inaugurated at K
It is the responsibility of men and society to see that no woman faces injustice, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said on Wednesday.

She was speaking after inaugurating a 'one-stop centre' at the civic-run KEM Hospital here which would help rape survivors in their medical examination and counselling.

The centre has been named after former KEM nurse Aruna Shanbaug, who spent over 40 years in a vegetative state at the hospital’s ward 4A after being sexually assaulted by a ward boy. She passed away in 2015.

The One-stop Centre,' has been set up with the collective efforts of the Union woman and child development centre, and the management of KEM Hospital.

“Union government is working for the overall development of women. Centres to provide help for sexually assaulted women, are being set up across the nation,” said Smriti Irani.
Shelar said, “I will not congratulate for making of such a centre in Mumbai. Rather, I would wish that we all will make such a society that women of India would not use such a one-stop centre in future.”

According to a hospital official, the centre is meant to also help victims of child abuse and acid attacks.

"KEM is the first civic hospital to have such a centre," the official said.

Victims who suffer sexual violence often have to visit multiple officials, starting from a police officer to file a complaint to a doctor at a hospital for medical check-up and forensic examination. Dr Harish Pathak, head of the KEM forensic department, said that with the centre, patients will be handled with an integrated approach. Instead of asking a victim to go from police station and the hospital, all departments will come together to provide services at one place, he added.

"The centre has gynecologists, psychiatrists and forensic experts under one roof. This will help to speed up the process of preparing the medical reports, which have to be handed over to police and courts," the official said.

The centre will be attached to the KEM Hospital's casualty department so that a woman or child does not have to wander from one ward to the other, he added.

Source: https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2019/09/05/smriti-irani-inaugurates-kems-one-step-centre-for-rape-survivors.html
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Well done...... it' s a shame that the incident took place in a hospital
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