For help childline is just a call away

For help childline is just a call away

The officers successfully convinced her parents against marrying off the girl to a 25-year-old man.

This was possible due to the timely call made to 1098, a toll free number of Childline Helpline dedicated for the cause of children. Round the clock helpline is a project of the department of woman and child welfare.

Three NGOs- Organisation for the Development of People (ODP), Rural Literacy and Health Programme (RLHP) and Nisarga Foundation of H D Kote have been roped in for the project that has already completed a year.

On Thursday, the volunteers of these NGOs went to police stations in the city to create awareness about the child line. It is a part of week-long programmes organised as part of forthcoming Children’s Day, starting from November 8 to 14, Suresh a counsellor from RLHP told Deccan Herald.

On the third day- November 10- the volunteers pasted the stickers of the Childline starting from Lashkar Police Station. The sticker consists of the toll free number, besides other related information for the convenience of the police as well as general public. According to them, police could play a key role in such cases, as it’s they who first receive first hand information.

The Childline functioning in Gayathripuram has received over 1,000 calls in a year. On an average 20 to 25 calls are received per day. Most of the calls are related to early marriage and child labour, from Gayathripuram, Ghousianagar and those areas where minorities are high. Besides, it caters to the complaints like- child abuse, missing children, physically and mentally challenged, begging and child trafficking too.

ODP district coordinator Dhanraj said the campaign began with awareness rally and talks involving school children. On Friday, the volunteers will be visiting H D Kote, followed by awareness campaign at Mysore railway station on Saturday. Most of the children who run away from home or go missing are found in railway stations.

The labour class at the station could be of possible help if imparted education to them about how to identify such children. On Monday- Children’s Day, signature campaign has been organised at Dasara Exhibition Grounds, Dhanraj said.

Next time, if you come across any children’s related cause don’t forget to dial the number 1098. It may rescue an innocent from the clutches of evil.