KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Nepal Police on Sunday launched a Community-Police Partnership campaign emphasizing the need for bolstering a partnership between the local levels and the police in order to create a peaceful and secure society.
Inaugurating the campaign, Minister for Home Affairs, Ram Bahadur Thapa claimed that the campaign was a significant step taken by the police toward ensuring that the society remains peaceful and secure. “Our mission is to create a prosperous and secure Nepal in order to help establish good governance,” he said, “We need to control crimes in order to do that.”
Minister Thapa said that the criminals are the real hindrances to the realization of the dream of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali.' “Criminals are the real hindrances to development, prosperity, peace, and security,” he said, “Today marks the day when Nepal Police have taken a stand to uproot these roots of instability.”
He also claimed that alcoholism and drug abuse are the major causes of domestic violence and that it is commendable of the police to emphasize public participation for the creation of a secure and safe society.
At the program, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sarbendra Khanal emphasized the participation of students and the school community to address the increasing cases of crimes in society. “About 40 percent of the population belongs to the school community. If we start taking a stand from the school community, we will have the results soon enough,” he said.
He also revealed the fact that about 64 percent of all sexual crimes occurred against females aged below 18 years and that the police needs to work together with the students in order to address this problem. "The police needs to join hands with the students in order to minimize these crimes.”
IGP Khanal added that the campaign has targeted to create an impact on 753 local units, 6743 wards, 2545 police units, about 36,000 schools, more than 7.5 million students, four million teachers, four million parents, and about 75,000 police officers.
The program was attended by various dignitaries including Inspector General of Armed Police Force Shailendra Khanal, mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidhya Sundar Shakya, Social worker Mahabir Pun, former police chiefs, secretaries of various ministries and commissioners of various commissions, artists including Manoj Gajurel, Anju Panta and Anup Bikram Shahi, members of various communities, and students and teachers from more than 20 schools in the valley.