Cuttack: In order to check domestic violence during the ongoing lockdown in the State, the Odisha Police has started “Phone-Up Programme.”

The programme will be implemented through the State Level Call Centre of State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB).

Officials at the call centre will ring women who were the victim of domestic violence in the past to find out their well being.

“If violence is reported in any case, then physical verification will be done at the district level to find out the condition of the victim women. SCRB call center will intimate such matter to DSP/ Addl. SP of concerned IUCAW for follow up action. This will break the chain of violence against women faced in household during Lockdown for COVID-19,” said a State Police headquarters release.

Concerned over the incidents of domestic violence being reported across the country, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has recently directed Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay to take stringent action against the perpetrators.

Accordingly, the State police headquarters issued circular saying victims of domestic violence need not visit police stations to lodge complaints. Instead on receipt of complaint over telephone, the police will reach the spot/home to collect complaints/FIR and take necessary action. Victims can also approach police through Odisha Police citizen portal and Sahayata mobile App.