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

Three-digit number allotted for women's helpline in Delhi
New Delhi Within hours of announcing '167' as women helpline number, the Telecom Ministry today 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.

Story First Published: December 24, 2012 16:11 IST

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