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Delhi women's hotline at risk from cash woes, political turmoil

Published on Mar 4, 2014 6:39 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - A 24-hour hotline for women in India's capital, launched shortly after a fatal gang rape sparked nationwide protests in December 2012, is at risk of closing due to a lack of funds and political upheaval, its head said on Tuesday.

The helpline, started in an effort to address sexual harassment and violence against women in New Delhi, is plagued by delays in payment of staff wages and uncertainty about its future, said Ms Khadijah Faruqui.

A power vacuum resulting from the resignation last month of anti-graft campaigner Arvind Kejriwal, after a brief spell as New Delhi's chief minister, has made matters worse. The city is now under direct presidential rule.

"It's the kind of issue (where) we didn't get salaries," Ms Faruqui, a women's rights activist, told Reuters.

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