KANGPOKPI: The One Stop Centre Kangpokpi observed its first anniversary on Friday at Conference Hall, DC office Kangpokpi.
The central scheme OSC Kangpokpi under the directives of Ministry of Women and Child Development was inaugurated on November 20 last year by the then Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces under one roof and to facilitate immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to range of services including medical, legal, psychological and counseling support under one roof to fight against any forms of violence against women in the district.
Addl. Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi, Lalramsang Infimate, MCS graced the occasion as Chief Guest on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi while the Guest of Honour, Superintendent of Police Kangpokpi, P.G. Singsit had to visit the OSC Kangpokpi and meet with staffs and skip the function owing to unavoidable official work.
Members of Kangpokpi Town Committee, Child Welfare Committee Kangpokpi leaders led by its President S. Kipgen and Child Line Kangpokpi leaders apart from officials from the District Social Welfare Department also attended the function.
Unfortunately, the dignitaries and participants had to observed a minute silence as a mark of condolence to pay tribute to the departed soul of Helam Haokip, the Central Administrator of OSC Kangpokpi who rcently had expired laying a huge vacuum in the functioning of the OSC Kangpokpi.
On the occasion of the One Stop Centre Kangpokpi first anniversary observation, Addl. Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi rightly emphasized on how to utilized customary law when it comes to violence and crime against women which is highly important to streamline mainly among the tribal communities.
He said that we as a tribal have very important customary law and we are very much dependent on it in every issue but sometimes the customary law becomes a bottleneck in delivering justice when it comes to women issues especially in violence and crimes.
He continued that among the tribal communities we have witnessed and experienced many problems not always being solved through the custom so One Stop Centre is one platform where we can all work together to bring justice to the society especially to the womenfolk.
He also said that Kangpokpi District is very much advancing in empowering its women and also in various other sectors compared to the newly created districts including some of the old districts as well, so, we need to have a positive mindset and approach in this challenging era.
The Addl.DC also called on innovative ideas and suggestions, challenges and grievances faced by the OSC, CWC and Child Line of the districts while advocating collective efforts and struggles for all round development and especially for safety, protection, welfare and empowerment of the womenfolk of the District.
According to Lhingneihoi Haokip, Case Worker OSC Kangpokpi, there are twelve cases including nine domestic violence, one rape case, one missing case and dowry case had been registered at OSC Kangpokpi from November 20, 2019 to November 20, 2020 while all the cases have been solved and there is no pending cases.
She also said that OSC Kangpokpi had provided fifteen Psychosocial Counseling, three legal counseling, four medical aid and five shelters apart from two police facilitations.
The OSC Kangpokpi also participated in the celebration of National Yoga Day and on the auspicious occasion of 73rd Republic Day on January 26, 2020 while it will also participate in the upcoming forth-night observation on November 26.
The Case Worker of OSC Kangpokpi, Lhingneihoi Haokip further said that there is only two regular staff now at OSC Kangpokpi and owing to the tremendously shortage of staffs it has become very difficult in imparting awareness among the people while drawing the attention of the concerned authority to look into the matter in solving the problems of shortage of staffs and infrastructures.
She also sought maximum cooperation and support from the concerned authority, CWC, Child Line and civil bodies.
Sharing of ideas, inputs, suggestions and discussing various issues especially women welfare, etc. marked the occasion.