‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye' campaign concludes
After spreading messages of prevention of atrocities against women, especially sexual assault on minor girls across the State, the 15-day awareness campaign, “Paree Pain Katha Tiye”, (a word for a little angel) organised by the Odisha Police in association with the Unicef concluded here on Tuesday.
Attending as chief guest at the valedictory meeting of the campaign, Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera thanked the Odisha Police and the Unicef for taking such an initiative to fight against crimes against women.
Behera said law cannot do everything and it also cannot bring peace in the society until people show their social responsibility staring from family to society and then to the nation.
“I hope that the programme being organised by the Odisha police would not only create awareness in the State but also create awareness in the country,” he said.
He said the police are not only limited to maintaining law and order situation but they can connect to the society by organising such a programme and thereby bringing positive changes.
DGP Dr RP Sharma said the specially designed and decorative 15 ‘Paree Express Vans’ traveled more than 40,000 km across the State covering all 30 districts. During the programme, about 1,400 community meetings were held along with cultural programmes, street plays to protect the dignity of the little angels, he added.
Talking on the reach in the social media, Sharma said about 1.2 million people were communicated about the message and from more than 1 crore reactions were marked.
Congratulating the State Government and the Odisha police, Unicef India Head Dr Yasmin Ali Haque said the police are addressing the issue through the programme and have come forward to encourage the children and parents to report sexual abuse. She said, “We have to act to see that the violence doesn’t remain a part and parcel of our life.” Haque emphasised on implementation of the POCSO Act, strengthening of prevention programmes and parenting education programme.
Among others, Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti Minister Praffula Samal, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda, Union WCD Secretary Rakesh Srivastava, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan and Odisha police Headquarters IG Asheet Panigrahi spoke.
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