Within hours of announcing '167' as women helpline number, the Telecom
Ministry on Monday 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
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.
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.
across the country are being seen demanding speedy justice to the
accused in the Delhi gangrape case, where a 23-year-old para-medical
student from Dehradun was alleged raped on Sunday night in a moving bus