New Delhi, March 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said “our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women” and that his government has initiated several steps to help women who face violence and abuse.
In a statement on the International Women’s Day, the prime minister said he “salutes the indomitable courage and stellar achievements of women”.
However, he added: “Our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women.”
Modi said: “We must walk shoulder-to-shoulder to end all forms of discrimination or injustice against women.”
He said his government is setting up One-Stop Centres that will provide assistance, legal advice and psychological counselling to women who face violence or abuse.
A mobile helpline will be started where women can dial 181 and seek counselling and referral services, Modi said.
He pointed out that the government has started several measures to bring “a positive change in the lives of women”.
Modi said the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana seeks to usher in a paradigm shift in attitudes towards the girl child and places emphasis on educating the girl child.
He said the Sukanya Samruddhi Yojana will provide support for marriage and education of young women.
He hoped that MUDRA Bank will help thousands of women achieve financial independence.
Referring to the broadbased social security schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana prsenented in union budget, he hoped that such schemes will benefit women in a big way