NCW has recorded more than twofold rise in gender-based violence during the lockdown

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India's National Commission for Women said it registered 587 domestic violence complaints between March 23 and April 16

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“Domestic violence cases have doubled than what it was before the lockdown." said NCW chief Rekha Sharma

She says the main reason for the rise of domestic violence is that the men are at home and they are taking out their frustration on women

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The violence of domestic abuse is worse in the poorer section of the society

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More than 50 helplines have been started across India to provide succour to women facing domestic violence

Anyone can call up on these helplines to lodge complaints of domestic abuse against women anywhere in the country.

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The helplines are run by police, women welfare departments and NGOs working for the rights of women

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The domestic abuse national helpline number is 181 while women police helpline numbers are 1091 and 1291.

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Here’s what other countries are doing:

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Australia has announced a nearly USD 100 million boost in funding to tackle domestic violence

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France has announced that it would pay for hotel rooms for victims of domestic violence and open pop-up counselling centres

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Inspired by Spain, France has also started telling victims to head to drugstores.