Bhubaneswar: With rise in cases of young girls being exploited by their male friends, State Commission for Women here has asked all college—goers to be careful while being in a relationship.

“This is a serious matter and a new trend in Orissa. We will sensitise girls through a statewide campaign,” SCW Chairperson Jyoti Panigrahi told reporters.

During the campaign the girls would be told to be careful in a relationship, she said.

The initiative comes in the wake of a number of girls, committing suicide or attempting to end their lives after being ‘blackmailed' by their boyfriends.

A 22—year—old girl committed suicide last year in Cuttack after she found her objectionable pictures in a CD allegedly made by her male friend. He was later arrested by police.

In a message to parents, the SCW chairperson advised them to be friendly with their growing daughters so that they openly discuss their acquaintances, friends and relationships. PTI