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Odisha rolls out ‘Paree Express’ against child sexual abuse

Bhubaneswar, May 28, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday flagged off Paree Express that would move across the State as part of the ‘Save Paree campaign of Odisha Police and UNICEF to check child rape and sexual abuse. 

The State-wide mega awareness campaign titled ‘Paree Pain Katha Tie’ was aimed at spreading awareness on incidents of sexual assaults against minor girls and women in Odisha.

Women and Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal, DGP Dr RP Sharma, Yumi Bae, State Chief UNICEF, and Arun Bothra, Inspector-General Crime Branch was also present.

As many as 15 chariots dubbed as Pari Express started rolling from AG Square. Each chariot will cover two districts in 15 days and after the end of the campaign, all the chariots will converge in Bhubaneswar for a valedictory function on June 12. The chariots will have LCD screens to show audio-visuals. During the campaign community interaction will also be held.

UNICEF is the technical collaborative partner of Odisha Police in the initiative. Asheet Kumar Panigrahi, IG police headquarters has been appointed as the Nodal officer for the awareness drive.

The DGP said that from 2014 to 2018, Odisha witnessed around 2200 rape cases out of which 1200 involved minors. In several incidents, the victims were assaulted by known persons, including neighbourers, people staying in the same locality, community and others.

Besides sexual abuse of minors, over 2100 cases of rape were reported on an average every year in the last three years.

The campaign will be led by the District Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Collectors of the respective districts.

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