Bhubaneswar:  ‘Kanya Kiran’, the massive state-wide awareness programme aimed at stopping violence against women and girl child, will continue year-long, announced KIIT and KIIS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta.

Minister, Women and Child Development (Mission Shakti), Prafulla Samal was present as the chief guest in the thanksgiving ceremony and said awareness programme to stop violence against women and girl child is need of hour.

The KISS has taken a remarkable initiative, Kanya Kiran. This programme will be more fruitful and praiseworthy, he added.

Samanta committed to personally spearhead the programme and conduct 200 plus public meetings in all nooks and corners of the State during the year. Violence against women and girl child has no place in civilized society, he stated.

On the occasion a panel discussion was held on violence against women and girl child. Many Odia cine stars, social activists and intellectuals participated and gave their views on how to stop violence against women and girl child.

The awareness drive ‘Kanya Kiran’ was launched by the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in association with UN Women and Kalinga Fellowship in all the 30 districts of Odisha on June 3.

In a mobilisation of scale and spread unheard of before, the programme covered all the Panchayats of the State, spreading awareness on social evils of violence against women and girl child among millions of households.

Over 3,000 staff of KISS and KIIT, particularly women staff, as well as 27,000 KISS students and their guardians were actively involved as coordinators and volunteers.

They disseminated the message at household level in villages amid overwhelming response.

The awareness programme ‘Kanya Kiran’ has been successful in touching the public conscience and it will have a positive impact on curbing the problem of violence against women and girl child, said the intellectuals.