Bhubaneswar, May 17
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha today slammed the State government for its alleged failure to curb rising atrocities against women in State.
Launching the 11-day long ‘Mahila Surakhya Yatra’ the women wing leaders of the party said that the BJD government in State has utterly failed to protect the women and safeguard their interests.
The campaign was rolled out from seven prominent temples namely Sikharchandi temple in Bhubaneswar, Maa Mangala peetha in Kakatpur, Kandhuni in Sorada, Patneswari in Patnagarh, Samaleswari in Sambalpur and Chandi Mandir in Cuttack following special pujas at these temples to raise public awareness about the issue and demand appropriate steps by the State government to address women’s safety.
“The Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government has failed to check crimes against women. In most of these cases, the victims are minor girls. Effective measures should be put in place to strengthen law and order so that women feel safe in the state”, said senior BJP leader Surama Padhi, who inaugurated a Mahila Surakhya Rath at Sikharchandi temple in Bhubaneswar.
Another leader Lekhashree Samantsinghar, who led the Yatra in Bhadrak said, “We have launched the Mahila Suraksha Yatra for the security, security and dignity of women after seeking the blessing of Maa Bhadrakali here. I will be accompanied by our leaders from Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj and try to reach every household in the State to create awareness.”
During the campaign, a total of 450 public meetings will be held across Odisha. The campaign will conclude on May 29.
Notably, women wing president Pravati Parida is leading the campaign from the Mangala Temple in Kakatpur, Lekhashri from Bhadrakali Temple in Bhadrak, women wing vice president Sukeshi Ram from Chandi Mandir in Cuttack and MLA Radharani Panda from Samaleshwari Temple in Sambalpur.
Senior women leader Sangita Singh Deo is leading the Yatra from Maa Patneswari temple in Patnagarh of Bolangir district, she said.
Over one crore families will be made aware during the campaign across the State, Parida has said.