In protest of the growing crime against children especially in condemnation of inhuman sexual crime and murder of a 17 years old girl of Gandia, Dhenkanal, Bhubaneswar Childline had organized a silent protest on 16.3.2013 from 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. More than 400 children, community women and social activists from different organizations like Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust, Satyabhamapur, Cuttack, Pally Unnayan Seva Samiti, Subhadra Mahatab Seva Sadan etc. participated in the protest.

The human chain was spread from Rajmahal Chhack to Master canteen square. The participants tied up a black ribbon in their mouth and holding a placard protested silently against the horrendous crime. The protest was widely covered by the electronics and print media.  Attached please find some newspaper cuttings for reference.

The protest took its shape as our natural concern towards children and  obligation to our commitment for children. It is also seen that protests are organized in many forms at different places especially in the Childline organizations actively working in different parts of the state. Once again it confirms that the people of Odisha are united for the protection of our children. Of course this tragedy was not less than the disaster of Delhi Gang rape. Hence we should continue to create public consciousness and to make them aware of their responsibilities and duties to protect the children. However we are continuing the process and we all want justice in the case straight away.

Observation of International Women’s Day

Celebrating the Spirit of Women

For over hundred years 8th March is being celebrated as International Women’s Day commemorating the achievements of women and amplifying their voices so that their rights to equality and self-empowerment are realized.  Hundreds of women across different slums of Bhubaneswar came together and joined Ruchika on March 7, 2013 to observe International Women’s Day and to recognize their rights and aspirations.


To create a safer environment for women and promote women rights to build up a violence free society fit for women.


RSSO with the support of Concern Worldwide and State Commission for Women, Govt. of Odisha organized a rally which witnessed women participants from different walks of life marching from Lower PMG to Rajmahal Square via Master

Canteen. The rally was flagged off by Ms. Lopamudra Baxipatra, Chairperson, State Commission for Women, Govt. of Odisha. More than 400 women leaders from different organizations and Nari Surakhya Samitis of the slum participated in the programme. They carried banners, placards, leaflets, posters and booklets that called for providing equal rights and a safe environment for them.  Leaflets designed on the service available for the women in crises to access services of Women Helpline, brochure designed with case studies of women who have received services from Women Helpline and bring a change in their lives   were distributed among the audience on the road. Banners and placards containing the messages of women empowerment and Helpline services available for the women in need of emergency care and protection. The women leaders shouted slogans on the rights of women and for a violence free society.

Prior to the rally a meeting was organized at Lower PMG at 8:30 am. The meeting was presiding over by Prof. (Dr.) Narayan Rao, Secretary, Ruchika Social Service Organization who welcomed the participants and the guests and appreciated their novel endeavor.  Sri Bhabani Charan Pattnaik, Ex. MP (Rajya Sabha) and Freedom Fighter, Odisha graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inspired the participants with his words and encouraged them with his songs. Ms. Jayajyoti Panda, Programme Officer, Concern Worldwide gave the vote of thanks and motivated to join together in advancing and protecting the rights of women  to ensure that the future of women is bright and safe.






In the eve of International Women’s Day a pledge was taken to stop atrocities against women and support them to lead a life devoid of violence and safeguard their rights.


Women leaders from different women organizations and Nari Surakhya Samitis of the slums and staff of Ruchika participated in the programme.


Inauguration: The Rally was flagged off by Ms. Lopamudra Boxipatra, Chairperson, State Commission for Women, Govt. of Odisha.

Chief Guest: Sri Bhabani Charan Pattanaik, Ex. MP (Rajya Sabha) & Freedom Fighter, Odisha

Guest of Honour : Ms. Jayajyoti Panda, Programme Officer, Concern Worldwide

Presiding: Prof. (Dr.) Narayan Rao, Secretary, Ruchika Social Service Organisation


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