‘Paree Express’ Flagged Off By CM Naveen Patnaik To ‘Save Paree’

**Bhubaneswar**: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik flagged off the 15-day-long state-wide awareness campaign titled ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’ which aims to sensitise the children, their parents, families and communities against child sexual abuse in Odisha.

“I am happy to flag off Paree Express that will go for a 15-day awareness campaign against child sexual abuse. The State Government has taken a number of initiatives to check such heinous crimes. I thank UNICEF and Odisha Police and wish for the success of the campaign,” said CM in the launch programme.

He launched 15 specially designed chariots called ‘Paree Express’ which will cover over 30 districts of the State concluding on 12 June after coverage at Bhubaneswar on the last day.

In association with the UNICEF, the Odisha Police’s ‘Paree Express’ is equipped with LED screens and projectors which will play audio-visuals on women’s safety and will create awareness among people on the stringent laws to deal with sexual abuse during its halt in various vulnerable pockets across the State. Leaflets and other printed materials will also be distributed during the campaign.

Each district’s SP and Collector will lead the campaign. The ‘Paree Express’ will touch the most vulnerable pockets in the state. During each halt, one to two hour public meetings and cultural events will be organized. All key stakeholders such as elected representatives, community members, influencers, SHG groups and youth and children will be motivated to attend the public meetings. These awareness meetings will be followed by film screenings.

UNICEF has trained folk artists from Zilla Kala Sanskruti Sanga(ZKSS) and Zilla Kala Sanskruti Sanga (ZKSS) for the campaign. This campaign is supervised by Dr. RP Sharma, IPS, DGP Odisha and other senior officials from the Odisha Police with technical collaboration from UNICEF.

Asheet Kumar Panigrahi, IG Police, Odisha has been appointed as the State Nodal Officer to coordinate and monitor the statewide campaign.

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