Mumbai police shuts down special helpline for women. Here's why

Updated: Mar 02, 2017, 15:37 IST | A Correspondent

A helpline launched after the alleged rape and murder of Esther Anuhya has been shut by the Mumbai Police. The helpline -- 9969777888 -- was launched on Women’s Day in 2014

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A helpline launched after the alleged rape and murder of Esther Anuhya has been shut by the Mumbai Police. The helpline -- 9969777888 -- was launched on Women's Day in 2014. The helpline facilitated the tracking of the mobile phone after registering the number through SMS.

Since its inception, the number hasn't received a good response from women users. In nine months, only 1,266 texts were received by women, which dropped to 389. Now, seeing that its Twitter handle was getting a better response, they have shut the helpline.

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