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The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Apr 30 launched on a pilot basis a 24-hour helpline for women in distress in Gujarat. The round-the-clock toll-free helpline, 1800 233 22222, shall be run by the city-based Women Action Group (AWAG), an NGO working for women welfare and empowerment. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kamla said that during hours of distress, this helpline would play a vital role in guiding women on how to reach the right place for a solution to their grievances. “The women helpline is being launched first in Gujarat and thereafter in Haryana on a pilot basis. If successful, this model can be replicated across India,” Sharma said.