Coming forward in aid to protect women from dosmetic violence, the Thane Police Commissioner has started a helpline as well as a special cell for the women. The step is likely to go a long way in helping women who usually hesitate from launching a complaint in the police station. The Thane police launched a dedicated helpline and a special cell to help women in distress. The special cell, to be headed by a woman police officer of the rank of an assistant inspector, would operate out of a separate office near the police commissionerate in Thane. A launching ceremony of this helpline was held recently at the police commissionerate in the presence of police officials. The Thane Police Commissioner Anil Dhere said that these initiatives are aimed at reaching out to women who hesitate to lodge a complaint and continue to suffer in silence. He informed that the once they receive a call, the problems of the distressed woman would be heard and if required even medical assistance would be provided to them. Women can register their grievances by calling on toll free number 103. They can also lodge complaints on the Police Commissionerate website, The initiative would soon be duplicated in Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar and Kalyan. With inputs from Manoj Singh in Thane, Vrushali Chitre for NMTV News.

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