Holistic care for rape survivors
'Gauravi' - it means dignity and pride. It is also the name of India's first one-stop crisis centre (OSCC) set up in Bhopal's J.P Hospital that aims to provide complete support to survivors of sexual assault and other gender-based violence.
Since it was inaugurated in June by Mr Aamir Khan in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, over 2000 people have been assisted, counselled and helped. At Gauravi there are people who help these women to register FIRs, get medical treatment, psychological counselling and legal aid under one roof thereby ensuring she does not have to go from pillar to post in her quest for justice.
It's no surprise to anyone how survivors of rape in India are treated. The police do not easily register FIRs, then the victim is shunted to the hospitals where there is a good chance she will not be treated well or the evidence will not be collected properly, there is nobody to counsel the victim, nobody to provide legal advice. Keeping in mind these glaring loopholes, Satyamev Jayate, had advocated the setting of these OSCCs to make the system responsive by having all the basic services under one roof.