Three-digit number allotted for women's helpline in Delhi

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 17:56 hrs

New Delhi: Within hours of announcing '167' as women helpline number, the Telecom Ministry on Monday changed it to '181' saying the new three-digit number was easier to remember.

Amidst nationwide uproar over brutal gang-rape of a 23-year old paramedic student, the Telecom Ministry for the first time in two years released a three-digit number, 167, for women helpline.

However, "upon request for a number that would be easier to recollect", the number has been changed to '181', a statement from the Department of Telecom said.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had requested Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to allot a three-digit phone number for helping women in distress.

"Though DoT has limited resource in respect of three-digit numbers, yet within two hours of the request, a
three-digit number has been allotted for Chief Minister's helpline," the statement said.

This is the first three-digit number to have been allotted in two years.

Protests across the country are being seen demanding speedy justice to the accused in the Delhi gang-rape case, where a 23-year-old student was raped by a group of six people in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16.

Helpline number '181' to be functional within a week

The Delhi government will make functional within a week a three-digit helpline number '181' for women in distress.

The helpline will be set up at Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's office at Delhi Secretariat and will be functional before December 31.

"The dedicated helpline will go a long way in providing a mode to contact the Chief Minister's Office and seek any assistance from law-enforcing agencies," said a senior Delhi Government official.

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