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Need awareness on child helpline: DC

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A beggar girl asking for alms near the railway station in Belgaum on Thursday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL
A beggar girl asking for alms near the railway station in Belgaum on Thursday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL

Deputy Commissioner N. Jayaram asked officials from Women and Child Development, Health Department, Labour and various other Departments and activists of NGO to raise greater awareness about the toll free child line and take measures to prevent exploitation against children. He was speaking at a meeting of the district-level child consultative committee held here on Wednesday.

He said that that many in the society were still not aware of the child helpline number, 1098, and the services provided through it, resulting in continuation of exploitation of the innocent children.

The helpline is essentially a platform where the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, Department of Telecom, NGOs, academic and corporate sectors establishments and socially concerned citizens worked together to protect rights of children, especially the vulnerable children viz. street children living alone on the streets, child labourers working in the unorganised and organised sectors, as domestic helper and others.

He pointed out that many destitute children with no parents being rehabilitated under various programmes face the problem of not knowing their exact age.

He directed the officials of department of public instructions to find a way out so that all such children could be issued proof of their age. He also directed the officials to take effective measures against children being engaged in hazardous works at various places.

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