The most dangerous place for women is their own homes, concluded a report from the United Nations. Shocking statistics have shown that domestic violence has surged since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. In India, women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality and discrimination. The National Commission for Women registered almost a 50% rise in gender-based violence during consecutive months during the lockdown in India .
In addition to domestic violence, everything from sexual assault to general safety concerns can leave you feeling helpless and alone. Abuse can include more than physical violence, such as strict rules for behaviour, restrictions on eating or using the bathroom, preventing you from talking or connecting with friends or family, and constant supervision of your activities.
Remember, you are not alone and you should NOT stay quiet. Dial these helpline numbers for support if you ever feel unsafe during the pandemic.
During a time of extreme lockdown, it becomes much more difficult for a domestic violence victim in the home to go somewhere else to seek help. The National Commission for Women (NCW) launched a helpline number 0721-7735372 that enables you to send a simple WhatsApp message to access help.
Sexual harassment, abuse and assault do not end during a crisis. In fact, it can potentially increase within the four walls of a home. If you find yourself as a victim of sexual harassment during these times, reach out to the helpline numbers (011) 26238466, 26224042, 26227647.
Safety comes first, whether you are staying home alone or whether you have to step out for your essential needs. The 112-helpline number provides immediate assistance to services like police 100, fire 101, women and safety 1090.
Young mothers are often in a dilemma about the care of their baby, including lactation. If you are a new mother, this time can be particularly challenging, as you might find it difficult to get the right breastfeeding support. The Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India can guide you through the post-delivery period and childcare. Reach them on 91-11-27312705.
Single Parents Support
Quarantine is tough on all Indians, but especially for solo moms, who often live month to month. Solo moms always carry a burden. If every parenting responsibility is on you, and you worry about what will happen to your child if you fall sick, you can reach out to CARE India at 022-4295 1028.
It is difficult hard to escape the harsh realities of this moment when we are confronted continuously with COVID-19 information on social media, television and alerts that pop up on our phones. Often, this 24-hour news cycle can make you feel incredibly helpless and anxious.
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COVID-19 has affected everyone in different ways. And it is a lot to handle, but if you feel like you are not able to cope, reach out for a confidential and safe online consultation with a therapist or other mental health doctor on Veera. Do not remain quiet. Remember there is no space for harassment or disrespect or degradation of any kind. Reach out for help whenever you need it!
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References National Commission for Women release, https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-witnesses-steep-rise-in-crime-against-women-amid-lockdown-587-complaints-received-ncw/articleshow/75201412.cms
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