CM Adityanath launches 'Mission Shakti' Credit: File image

The Uttar Pradesh government has been under pressure for its handling of the Hathras case. The state infamous for heinous crimes against women launched a women’s safety campaign.

Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath on Saturday launched ‘Mission Shakti’ and vowed ‘zero tolerance for crimes against women. The programme will focus on ensuring the safety and dignity of women and girls.

Adityanath says, this campaign is a mark of tribute to the woman who died after being allegedly raped by two men in Balrampur. The incident was similar to that of gangrape-murder of Dalit woman in Hathras that had drawn intense outrage after alleged apathy of the govt.

‘Mission Shakti’ launch coincides with the start of the Navratri festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, who embodies the strength and power in women.

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This year the Ram Leela and Durga Puja pandals will spread the message of ‘Mission Shakti’. To highlight the message of women safety, self-respect and self-reliance, 100 role models among women will be identified in each district who will be the ambassadors of this campaign.

CM Adityanath said, “the first phase of ‘Mission Shakti’ will focus on spreading awareness towards ensuring the safety and dignity of women and girl-child and in the second phase, ‘Operation Shakti’ will target eve-teasers and put them on the path of punishment or reform. If such elements do not mend their ways, they will have to face social-boycott and their pictures will be displayed publicly”. The campaign will continue for six months till Basant Navratri.

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