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Protesting against frequent cases of rapes and crime against women, the State BJP on Wednesday announced to hold week-long demonstration in March.

“Crimes against women in the State are on the rise and has reached alarming proportions, raising questions about the seriousness of the State government in providing a safe environment to women,” said senior BJP leader Surama Padhy addressing a press conference.

Ms Padhy said the recent National Crime Record Bureau reports clearly pointed out the growing trend of crime against women of all ages and dismal conviction records in the State.

“Even women lecturers in prestigious educational institute like Ravenshaw College are not safe. These lecturers are deprived of their share of justice,” she said.

Party leaders said a teacher in Rayagada district had drawn the attention of higher authorities about harassment at workplace and her grievance was not redressed. She was brutally killed, they alleged.

“As per the Vishakha guidelines, every department should have a special cell for handling harassment complaints at workplace. The State government has not ensured setting up such cell in all departments. It shows the level of seriousness being attached to women security,” said Pravati Parida, another BJP leader.

There were several rape cases in Dhenkanal district. While one victim was killed, another committed suicide by immolating herself. While heinous crimes against kept occurring at frequent intervals, institutes like the State Commissioner for Women and Department of Women and Child Development have remained mute spectators. The saffron party also demanded probe by a sitting High Court judge into crimes committed against women in recent past.

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