Thiruvananthapuram: Minister KK Shailaja inaugurated the night shelter ‘Ente Koodu’ for women and children at Thampanoor bus terminal. The minister said that it is the primary responsibility of the government to provide safety to women and children.

The women coming to the city for random needs could stay up to three days here. The dormitory is fully air-conditioned. It is setup on the eighth floor of the Thampanoor bus terminal. The government is planning to start similar centres in more districts.

The shelter provides free and secure accommodation facility to women and children up to 12 years accompanying them from 5 pm to 7 am. There is facility for 50 persons to stay at a time. Food, TV and round the clock security are available here. Also there are enough toilets and a space for kitchen.

Many women who come to the city for various purposes along with their toddlers were found taking shelter in open spaces including railway station and bus stand. These women face various attacks when they are out alone and helpless. The reason could be the unavailability of enough places to stay or unaffordable and safe accommodation and so on. So the government came up with the idea of a night shelter as an answer to all these. This project is implemented with an aim to facilitate women safety and make the city more women-friendly.

It is a shelter for the wandering and pavement dwellers where they are provided with stay, food, toiletries and clothing. The project is co-ordinated by the district governing body, police department and various voluntary organizations under the guidance of district social justice officer.

The facility is available for women, girls and boys below 12 years of age. There are two watchmen, manager, two mistresses and one scavenger deployed here.

Social justice department special secretary Biju Prabhakar, department director Jaffar Malik, social security mission executive director Dr. Muhammed Asheel, social justice department assistant director Subash Kumar and district officer Sabeena Beegam attended the event.