Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: The services rendered by the Child Line, a joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and the Department of Social Defence of the State Government, in helping children, below the age of 18, in distress besides providing them emotional support, guidance and shelter came in for praise by speakers at a function held here on Wednesday.

Speakers also lauded the Child Line for not only responding to the emergency needs of the children, but also for initiating measures for their long term care and rehabilitation.

Presiding over the Child Line's annual day function, National Legal Education Week and Children's Day celebrations, organised jointly by the District Legal Services Authority and the Child Line, the Principal District and Sessions Judge, P. Ramakrishnan, said that the Child Line provided the much-needed support and guidance to the children in distress as well as those who were abandoned.

Later, he distributed prizes to children who emerged winners in the essay, elocution and painting competitions.

The Principal Sub Judge, M. Mayandi called upon the children to develop their skills. Senior Lawyer, K.A.V. Dhinakaran, said the District Legal Services Authority had carried out awareness programmes in villages enlightening the public about the free legal aid. The Judicial Magistrate - 1, R. Malathi, Bar Association, president, S.K. Mani also spoke.The Director, Sisters of Cross Society for Education and Development, Maria Kamalam and the Child Line, organiser, M. Rajendran participated.