Respect women’s rights, men urged

MEN should be aware of women’s rights as it concerns the women in their lives.

Selangor state welfare and women affairs chairman Rodziah Ismail said understanding the concept of women’s rights would enable these men to take the necessary action if their loved ones are faced with issues such as abuse, sexual harrassment or domestice violence.

“If they know, then they can take proper action when needed,” she said.

She was speaking at a briefing session on the One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) at the State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam recently.

The event was attended by about 50 representatives from the state assemblymen’s office, local authority and community services.

The OSCC was set up in 1997 to provide comprehensive services to victims of abuse, rape or domestic violence.

The centres have been especially set up to treat victims in addition to providing emotional support.

Six hospitals in the state have a centre each.

“The centre tries to provide a friendlier environment and the victims will also be treated by trained staff members.

“There is no need for them to go to police stations as officers are stationed at the centres for the victims to record their statements. The medical examinations would also be conducted at the centre itself,” Rodziah said.

The centre also provided shelter for the victims.

Rodziah said the state was going all out to create awareness about the centre among the public.

“We will print brochures and go to all the constituencies to disseminate the information.

“We want the victims to get proper protection and make sure the perpetrators are punished accordingly,” she said.

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