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Odisha CM to flag off Bharat Yatra at Bhubaneswar tomorrow

Bhubaneswar, September 25, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will flag off the Bharat Yatra, launched by Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, at Janata Maidan here on Tuesday in the presence of Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Satyarthi will highlight the issue of child sexual abuse and trafficking during the Bharat Yatra.

The Yatra will be flagged off from Janata Maidan at 4 pm, followed by a march till Kalinga Stadium.

At the Kalinga Stadium, Satyarthi will address the gathering and marchers sensitising them about the epidemic issues of child trafficking and child sexual abuse.

The Yatra, which has been launched on September 11 from Kanyakumari to work towards creating an India that is safe for children, has received support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and people from different walks of life.

The drive will conclude on October 16 at New Delhi, covering 11,000 kilometres across 22 States.

Kailash Satyarthi has been campaigning for the freedom, safety and security of children across the globe for the past 36 years. His Nobel Peace Prize (2014) was for his continuous efforts and struggle for the child rights.

The yatra is the launch of the three-year campaign against child rape and child sexual abuse which is aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of the cases, strengthening intuitional response including medical health and compensation, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses during trials and increasing convictions of child sexual abuse in a time-bound manner, said a release.

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