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Collective efforts to help children in distress

COIMBATORE: As part of extending their services in helping out children in distress, CHILDLINE Coimbatore Corporation and Don Bosco Anbu Illam with the support of the Police Department have launched the third CHILDLINE booth in Coimbatore at Singanallur. .It was an initiative under CHILDLINE that provides 24x7 free telephone outreach service (1098) for children in distress, up to 18 years of age.

What is a Child?

NEW DELHI: "If you have children below 14 working legally, how will you implement Right to Education?," says Komal Ganotra, a specialist in advocacy and training with Childline India Foundation, which runs a phone help line for children. "Amendment of the child labor act is a necessity."

8 Assam kids rescued from Himachal Pradesh

GUWAHATI: Eight tribal children from Assam have been rescued from Himachal Pradesh. According to sources, a joint team of Himachal Pradesh police and CHILDLINE, rescued the children and brought them to Delhi. The rescued boys are of age below 14 years and they are - Arjun Gowala, Sajjan Munda, Sumary Kudwa, Bulbul Munda, Beeru Munda, Rehman, Sakura Bhaumik and Sibaji. After rescuing these boys, Himachal police handed over them to Delhi Assam House.

8 child labourers from Assam rescued

SHIMLA: With the intervention of Deputy Commissioner and Chairman, Child Welfare Committee, Shimla district, eight child labourers were sent back to their home. The child labourers, who were from Assam, were saved from the clutches of Kufri based pony riders on December 23,

10-yr-old forced to work as domestic help rescued

AHMEDABAD: A 10-year-old boy was rescued from a house in the Vastrapur area of the city where he was forced to work as a domestic help. "Based on a tip-off, we, along with Anandnagar police and representatives of Childline (an NGO working for children), raided the house and rescued the child on Wednesday," a top Labour department official told The Indian Express.

'Speak Out' scheme to check child abuse

NEW DELHI: CHILDLINE India Foundation says the country has the world's largest number of sexually abused children: a child below 16 years is raped every 155th minute and a child below 10 years is raped every 13th hour. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says one in every 10 children is abused at any given time in India.

Numbers of missing children run away

THRISSUR: The NUMBER of children missing in the district is alarmingly rising. According to the latest statistics, the figure has more than doubled in a year. From April 2010 to March 2011, there were 74 children who went missing, restored or sheltered, according to the district office of Childline India Foundation, a national government agency. But in six months, from April to September this year, it dealt with 64 such cases.

Waves of protest

KOCHI: The children from CHILDLINE came out with placards and slogans expressing concern over the Mullaperiyar issue at the Marine Drive.The procession which saw the participation of at least 50 students demanded the government to take required steps before the Mullaperiyar dam broke. Farsana, an eighth standard student said: "We are participating in the procession because we are worried about our lives. Our mentors have told us about the seriousness of the issue."

Teacher abusing students

MALAPPURAM: Police arrested P.V. Abdul Rahman, an Arabic teacher of the Iqra English Medium School in Malappuram, Kerala, for sexually abusing a host of girl students from first standard to seventh standard.Abdul Rahman was arrested following complaints from parents and Childline workers.When parents aired suspicion that children were being abused, authorities of the school located at in Tirur intimated CHILDLINE workers who exposed the case after proper counselling of students and parents.

CHILDLINE rescues 3 more kids in state capital

TRIVANDRUM: Three more children have been rescued from the vicinity of the railway station by Childline on Thursday night, taking the total number of children rescued in the state from child labour to 13 in the last 10 days. Yet, a continuous government level support system is yet to be in place to rescue, rehabilitate and repatriate these needy children.

Kerala child abuse rising

TRIVANDRUM: Child abuse in Kerala seems to have reached epidemic levels with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan helpline reporting over 1,000 complaints since June 2011. Likewise, the higher secondary helpline which became operational two months ago had received over 500 calls while the oldest helpline number, CHILDLINE's 1098, received over 2,000 calls just this month.

Does diksha conflict with right to childhood, asks HC

MUMBAI: Right to childhood conflicts with right to religion, observed the Bombay High Court on Monday while hearing petitions saying child diksha or renunciation is a practice integral to Jainism. In March 2004, a diksha ceremony in which an eight-year-old girl renounced the material world had created a furor among child rights activists. It was brought to the attention of the CWC by Childline, an NGO.

In service for children

NAGPUR: Ten-year-old Dinesh Uikey had run away from home after hitting his father with a stone. This was the consequence of a heated argument between his parents. In an attempt to escape the police he boarded a random train and landed up in Kerala. The local chapter of the government-run initiative CHILDLINE, along with their Nagpur-based NGO Varadaan, helped the police and the GRP to reunite the kid with his family recently.

Why don't we talk about child abuse?

MUMBAI: Nishit Kumar, head of communications for the CHILDLINE India Foundation, a Union government helpline for abused children, says that in a nationwide survey in early November, 99.9% of men stated they would never discuss subjects like rape or molestation with their children. "In many regional languages, people don't even know the words to make sentences for such subjects. If adults don't have the words, how will children find them to explain what is happening to them?" he says.

Children's home to be set up in Gurgaon soon

GURGAON: On the occasion of Children's Day, the district administration announced the setting up of the first children's home in the city. At present, rescued children who require rehabilitation and protection are either taken to Rohtak or Karnal.

Street children rescued

VISAKHAPATNAM: CHILDLINE rescued three street-children and placed them in Government Children Home for Boys and Girls.The children aged 12, 10 and 5 were found begging at various places in the city by volunteers of Childline on November 25. City Coordinator of Childline P. Lalitha Kumari said one of them aged 12 years was a girl child and she had been put in the home for the girls and the five-year-old boy was placed under temporary shelter at Bala Tejassu.

Tale of horror

MUMBAI: The boy, now recovering in the ICU of a hospital, was slapped, kicked, beaten with rods, assaulted with knives over a three-year period; his employer has been arrested.With the wound beginning to heal, he sat up and doodled with crayons given to him by CHILDLINE Aasra volunteers.

Patna boys on 'dream run' sent back home

MUMBAI: Two 17-year-old boys, who had run away from their homes in Patna to make it big in Mumbai, were rescued by Central Railway officials and CHILDLINE. According to CR officials, they got a call at around 11:00 am informing about two teenagers who could be in coach B2 of the 12142 Rajendranagar-CST Express.

Educate to abate

MUMBAI: Urvi, a volunteer of the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Awareness programme launched by the Childline India Foundation, is conducting these storytelling sessions in several schools across Mumbai. M & B attends one such session and takes note of this crucial and significant initiative to spread awareness on CSA.

Strengtening the linkages and forging a link for benefits of the children

'We need to further strengthen the linkages with other services like CHILDLINE and (24-hour helpline for children in distress situations) formally forge a link for greater benefits of the children. I believe more awareness programmes, campaigns on Nabadisha, its work can help the situation,'' says, Sandeep Kumar Mitra, Head East Regional Resources Centre, Childline India Foundation (CIF)

Clowning for CHILDLINE

MUMBAI: Call them "jokers" and they will take offence. Meet Martin 'Flubber' D'souza, a professional clown, who along with his team of seven clowns will be performing at the International Clown Fest from September 30 to October 2 in the city. "In India, people misinterpret the concept of clowns. Clowns are supposed to make people happy, not just make them laugh. At the international level, clowning is considered a profession," said D'souza, an Andheri resident, who will host his international friends flying down from the US, Canada and Malaysia.

CHILDLINE Rajkot launched for kids in distress

RAJKOT: CHILDLINE Rajkot, a toll free helpline (1098) for children in distress was launched in the city on Friday by Shree Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust in association with Childline India Foundation. According to BJP Rajya Sabha member of parliament and chairman of the trust Vijay Rupani, the toll-free number will be a 24-hour free emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. "Whether you are a concerned adult or a child, you can dial 1098; the toll-free number to access our services,'' Rupani said.

Anti-child labour drive yields result

CALICUT: Thirty-two cases of child labour were reported through Childline in the district during an anti-child labour drive last month. Subeesh Thiyyampadi, coordinator of Childline Kozhikode, said that 30 children were rescued from hotels, factories and households where they were engaged in hard labour, while two infants were rescued from the new bus stand in the city while they were used for begging by their mother.

Project to make Thrissur a child-friendly city

THRISSUR: The City Police along with the Child Welfare Committee will soon launch 'The City That Loves Children' project in Thrissur.The project will be implemented in partnership with the City Corporation. Addressing a special session of the Corporation Council held here on Wednesday to sensitise the councillors on the project, City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan said that children constituted 40 per cent of the city's population.

Give them back their Childhood

CALICUT: The Anti-human Trafficking Drive organised last month all over the country by Childline brought out alarming statistics regarding the extent of child labour, child beggary and sexual harassment of children. The drive shows that despite the campaign, child labour is still rampant. Most of the children were rescued from hotels where they were doing menial labour while there are quite a few instances when the children were rescued from big households where they worked as domestic help.

Create awareness to eliminate child labour, says Mayor

THRISSUR: Child labour is the biggest obstacle in the way of universal education and development, Mayor I.P. Paul has said. Addressing an awareness seminar on 'Eradication of child labour' organised by the State Labour Department here on Saturday, he said the corporation would soon launch an intensive campaign against violation of child rights.

CHILDLINE rescues six children

COIMBATORE: ChildLine recently rescued six children used by their mothers for seeking alms. According to Assistant Director of Don Bosco Anbu Illam Fr. Daniel, four women along with six children, two of whom are infants, were found creating nuisance by seeking alms near the Gandhipuram bus stand. On receiving an alert from the public, ChildLine volunteers brought all of them to the Illam.

We, the free people?

Durga, 14, smiles beautifully, biting the edge of her floral dupatta, as she runs down the stairs to join her gang of girls. It's a freedom she has won only recently - to dance, and to have a friend. That long-due privilege came when she was freed from her oppressive employer. Rescued by the police and AFSA (Association For Promoting Social Action) and CHILDLINE, Durga today is a teenager whose life has been handed over to her yet again, this time with friends of her own. The scars and bruises on her back and face almost healed, her lustrous hair growing back, Durga tells me in Bengali-accented Hindi: Ab mujhe kucch nahi chahiye didi (I don't want anything now).

Girl student's dream to pursue education lives on

TRICHY: A schoolgirl's hopes to pursue her education, thwarted by her betrothal and subsequent confinement, were restored by the joint intervention of Childline and Child Welfare Committee on Friday. This is the third child marriage attempt that has been brought to light in the last two weeks.Following an alert sounded through Childline's helpline 1098, Child Welfare Committee members with the assistance of police foiled an alleged marriage attempt of a 16-year-old girl, studying in a city school.

Surge in awareness brings child marriages to light

TRICHY: The Child Welfare Committee of Tiruchi with four districts under its purview, including Ariyalur, Permabalur and Karur, has intervened in a total of 12 child marriages and marriage attempts in the last one year. What is significant is that six of these marriages were brought to light in the last fortnight. J. Godwin Premsingh, Director, Childline Nodal Organisation, says an increase in awareness of 1098 helpline among school children and general public and stepping up of sensitisation campaigns in rural and urban areas is responsible for more number of child marriages coming to light.

Seminar on 'Eradication of child labour'

TRICHY: To empower young widows to support themselves, the Sisters of the Cross Society for Education and Development (SOCSEAD) has launched a home nursing training programme here recently at the 11th anniversary celebrations of Childline. The society will also rehabilitate and train widows from weaker sections of society, who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, to engage in income generating activities by identifying and honing skills.

CHILDLINE Salem rescues 15 boys at Salem Junction

SALEM: CHILDLINE Salem rescued 15 boys, all aged below 18, from Bihar at Salem Junction, when they were on their way to Tirupur in search of jobs. The boys belongs to Mangalpur near Patna in Bihar, had been working in a biscuit firm in Bangalore till recently as load men.But since the firm's management did not disperse their wages for the last two months they made a contact at Tirupur to find jobs in an oil firm there.

Driving home anti-child labour message

TIRUCHI: To drive home the need for elimination of child labour, an entertainment packed three-day cultural campaign was carried out by CHILDLINE Trichy in collaboration with Song and Drama division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, following the commemoration of World Day against Child labour on June 12.

Anti-child beggary drive: 386 children rescued

KOZHIKODE: CHILDLINE Calicut in association with Anti-Human Trafficking Squad of the Kerala Police and NGOs have rescued 386 children from child labour and child beggary in the last 15 days. The children were rescued as part of the anti-child beggary drive initiated by the Police Department as part of the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act.

Answering a child's call for help

MYSORE: The services of the 24x7 CHILDLINE 1098 is now available in Mysore district.By dialling the toll-free number 1098, complaints about child labour and child trafficking, and grievances of children who are destitute, differently abled or traumatised may be addressed.

Now Tirupur could call '1098' to help children in need

Tirupur: An emergency phone outreach service for children in distress has started functioning in the district CHILDLINE 1098 was set up by Social Awareness and Voluntary Education, a Tirupur-based NGO, with the support of Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

CHILDLINE locates boy who went missing from Kurla

A month after nine-year-old Kurla resident Vijay Rajbhar went missing; the police or his kin had no idea where he could be. However, to their astonishment, Childline officials found the child at Jodhpur railway station on May 8. "Jodhpur Childline officials were on their regular rounds at the railway station, when they found him.

CHILDLINE rescued Minor girl rescued from bus stand

A 15-year-old girl was rescued on Friday by activists of an NGO from the Gurgaon bus stand. The girl claimed that she was physically abused by some men in uniforms in the train while she was on her way to Delhi with a woman named Sita, a native of Kolkata, who had lured her into coming to Delhi. Rishi Kant, an activist of Shakti Vahini NGO, said: "Sita is a regular at Damding Tea estate. She lured Neha and brought her to Gurgaon. At the bus stand, she took all of Neha's money and abandoned her. A police official saw Neha roaming around and called Childline."

180M children in India "very vulnerable" to trafficking

Business Economics Interviewed Nishit Kumar Head of Communication and Strategic Initiatives, CIF. For excerpts, click on the link below

Tortured child rescued from her grandmother, mother

COIMBATORE: My grandmother hit me with a stick and poked me with a stone," says two-year-old J. Haripriya whose body has many bruises. ChildLine had once before rescued the children on being alerted by neighbours. But, at the insistence of a repentant Chitra, the children were sent back.According to co-ordinator of ChildLine S. Uma, a letter written by the area people has pleaded with them to take custody of the children.

CHILDLINE - a silent sentinel for children

CHILDLINE operates efficiently yet does not seek publicity. It has saved many lives, united numerous families and returned brighter and safer future to many children in the state. It is CHILDLINE 1098. In East Khasi Hills, childline 1098 is in nongshilliang, Nongthymmai-14 which was started in the year January 2001 by the Don Bosco Technical School, Bosco Reach Out project. Its project in 2010 at nongshilliang was to responds to each and every call base on childline credo.

6 child labourers rescued from LU canteens

LUCKNOW: The labour commission and an NGO in a joint operation rescued six child labourers from Lucknow University on Wednesday. These children were working in various canteens located inside the university premises. During the raid, a representative of Childline was also present.

» Cops to step up vigil

KOCHI: The cricket carnival will kick-start on Saturday and the city police have taken a proactive step to ensure that children don't get lost in the crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. He said that the city police have also decided to rope in Childline to help children."We will give passes to Childline volunteers who will be posted at various locations in the stadium. Parents should immediately approach Childline volunteers or the police if their children go missing," he said.

» Child helpline launched in Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 19 : The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir launched a 24x7 CHILDLINE in Srinagar to address the problems of children in distress. The service has been launched in collaboration with HELP Foundation. The service is already available to the children of Jammu. Any child or concerned adult can dial 1098 to access this service. CHILDLINE is also an essential component under the newly launched Integrated Child Protection Scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

» An Invisible Crime

Last week the Supreme Court reversed the acquittal of two Britons Allan Waters and Duncan Grant and upheld their convictions by a trial court. Nishit Kumar of Childline, the NGO that fought the case on behalf of the victims, says, "There is no other way to convict child abusers." The reason why straightforward rape of minors needs to be couched under the creative interpretation of a 100-year-old outdated law (it's the same section which criminalised gay sex till recently) is that India's legal system does not recognise a crime called child sexual abuse. Only one state, Goa, has a law for it.

» Child marriage bid near Lalgudi stopped

TRICHY: A child marriage scheduled to take place on Thursday in Kallagam village near Lalgudi was prevented following the intervention of Judicial Magistrate Court, Lalgudi.The Childline district headquarters here received an anonymous phone call on March 21 alleging that the marriage of a twelve and a half year old girl of Nambukuruchi village in Lalgudi taluk.

» Meeting spotlight on tracing lost children

RANCHI: To find the state's missing children, the district administration is calling for closer co-ordination between police stations, district welfare officer and railway officials. Deputy commissioner K.K. Soan addressed the administration's concerns at a meeting today of Childline's city advisory board, in the presence of officials from the labour department, the district social welfare officer and NGO representatives from Childline, Samadhan and Chotanagpur Sanskritik Sangh, among others.

» British paedophiles case taken to SC

The Supreme Court today overturned the acquittal of British nationals Duncan Grant and Alan Waters, who had been charged with child sexual abuse at the Anchorage shelter home for street children in Mumbai. The men, who ran the shelter, had been convicted by a trial court in 2006 after five minor boys from the shelter testified against them. But in 2008, the Bombay High Court had acquitted them, saying the six year jail term awarded was too harsh a penalty.

» Brit paedophilia convicts must serve remaining term: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in its judgment on Friday, upholding the conviction of Duncan Grant and Allan Waters by the trial court, has directed the trial judge (sessions court in Mumbai) to take steps to ensure the convicts serve the remaining sentence. Accordingly, the judgment order of the apex court would be sent to the Bombay high court. Normally, orders are sent to the Supreme Court branch (section). The high court then has the onus of sending a hard copy of the judgment to the sessions court.

» SC restores conviction of two British paedophiles

The apex court restored their convictions on appeals by civil society Childline India Foundation and Maharashtra government, challenging the High Court ruling which had freed them in July 2008. The bench said, "It obligates both Central, State and Union territories to protect them (children) from the evils, provide free and good education and make them good citizens of this country," the bench said.

» Apex court restores conviction of two British paedophiles

The Supreme Court on Friday convicted two British nationals on charges of sexual abuse of minor boys living in shelters run by them in Mumbai. A bench of Justice P Sathasivam and Justice BS Chauhan directed immediate arrest of paedophiles Allan John Waters and Duncan Alexander and ordered them to undergo their jail terms. "Children are the greatest gift to humanity. The sexual abuse of children is one of the most heinous crimes. It is an appalling violation of their trust, an ugly breach of our commitment to protect the innocent," the bench said while overturning the Bombay High Court verdict that acquitted the duo in July 2008.

» Activists hail Supreme Court order

Child rights activists on Friday applauded the Supreme Court order overturning the acquittals of Duncan Grant and Alan Waters in a 2001 paedophilia case. They were sentenced to six years' imprisonment for sexually abusing five boys at the Anchorage shelter at Colaba. "We are very happy that the Sup reme Court (SC) recognised that a child's statement that he was sexually abused is enough and does not require corroboration," said Nishit Kumar, head of communications and strategic initiatives at Childline India Foundation, a non-profit group."The court also recognised that people were exploiting children's vulnerability by offering incentives."

» London man convicted in Indian paedophilia case

India's Supreme Court has convicted two Britons of sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter in Mumbai. Duncan Grant, of Hampstead, north London, and Allan Waters, of Hampshire, had been acquitted by the High Court in Mumbai in 2008 for lack of evidence. But the Supreme Court overturned that decision and upheld guilty verdicts from the trial court in 2006 which sentenced the men to six years.

» 'Hapless kids became victims of sexual lust'

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: The sensational paedophilia case dates back to 2001, when the Colaba police began investigating the Anchorage shelters at Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Murud Janjira run by Duncan Grant. Allan Waters was a frequent visitor to the homes. The trial court had in 2006 sentenced them under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for unnatural sex, among other charges. They were given six years rigorous imprisonment and William D'Souza, a manager at Anchorage, got three years.

» Acquittal of 2 Britons in paedophilia case quashed

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday restored the conviction and sentence of six-year rigorous imprisonment imposed on two British nationals who were acquitted by the Bombay High Court in a paedophilia case. A Bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan directed Allan John Waters and Duncan Alexander Grant to serve the remaining period of sentence. John Waters was in jail for about five years and Grant had served three years and two months.

» SC restores conviction of 2 British paedophiles

The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the acquittal of two British nationals by the Bombay High Court and restored their conviction and six years jail term awarded by a trial court in a 10-year-old case relating to sexual abuse of minor boys. A Bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan favoured all the stakeholders, including the NGOs, to properly implement the measures guaranteed under the Constitution for the protection of children.

» Two British paedophiles sent back to jail to complete term

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned a Bombay High Court order acquitting two British nationals in 2008 on charges of sexually abusing destitute boys in a Mumbai orphanage run by them and directed the duo to complete their jail term. British nationals - Duncan Grant and Allan Waters - and their Indian aide William D'souza who was a manager in the shelters-for-homeless run by them at three places in Mumbai, were found guilty by a trial court in 2006 on the basis of statement of two victims.Two years later, the Bombay High Court set aside their conviction saying none of the other children living in the shelter anchorage, run by the accused, had corroborated the two victims' depositions of their sexual abuse.

» London man convicted in Indian paedophilia case

Five boys came forward with sex assault allegations against Grant and Waters. India's Supreme Court has convicted two Britons of sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter in Mumbai. Duncan Grant, of Hampstead, north London, and Allan Waters, of Hampshire, had been acquitted by the High Court in Mumbai in 2008 for lack of evidence.

» 2 UK paedophiles' conviction restored

Terming the March 18: Terming the sexual exploitation of children a serious violation of their Fundamental Rights, the Supreme Court on Friday restored the conviction of three British nationals for repeated abuse of several children, including minor girls forced to have unnatural sex in a Mumbai anchorage in the mid-Eighties. The conviction of William D'Souza, running the anchorage, and his two former British naval officer friends, Duncan Alexander Grant and Allan John Waters, for the serious crime of paedophilia was restored by a bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan on the appeals of Childline India Foundation, a welfare body functioning under the aegis of the Union ministry of social welfare.

» Child rights activists welcome verdict on paedophile Britons

Mumbai, March 18 (IANS) Child rights activists Friday welcomed the Supreme Court upholding a Mumbai trial court's verdict convicting two Britons in a paedophile case. They, however, said this could have been done sooner.

The apex court upheld the six years' imprisonment awarded to Duncan Grant and Alan John Waters for sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter, Anchorage, in Mumbai along with Indian, William D Souza, who was the caretaker and was awarded three years' imprisonment.

» Anxious students keep 1098 helpline buzzing

COIMBATORE: "I will surely fail and my parents are constantly scolding me. Please help." The Childline has been buzzing with such calls for the past few days as terrified teens seek assistance to deal with exam phobia. The 1098 Childline, managed by Don Bosco Anbu Illam, a voluntary organisation, has been receiving at least four calls every day from class 10 and 12 students who are preparing to take their public examinations.

» CHILDLINE Bangalore reunites ten year old child to parents

Childline Bangalore rescued a ten year old girl, suspected to be a victim of corporal punishment, found roaming aimlessly near Ganapathi Temple in Bannerghatta.Shalini, a Class V student of Government Primary School at Nobo Nagar in Bannerghatta, told members of Childline that she had not been attending school for several days, after her teacher beat her up.

» CHILDLINE rescues children from begging

The girls including an eight-year-old and her elder sisters were taken to the MIDC police station. While the elder girls were allowed to go once it was clear that they were only begging, the youngest was sent to the Mankhurd Children's Home since she had to be presented before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) as mandated by the law. For four days, the girl stayed at the Children's Home until Childline, which works with the Mumbai police through their helpline 1098, intervened. It was only on Sunday that the CWC permitted the girl to return. Childline even submitted a letter to the CWC from the migrants stating that henceforth none of their children would be involved in begging.

» 1098 help to trace kids at stadia

As the cricket fever grips the nation, people tend to get carried away in the excitement and this can lead to problems. In fact, at times, children go missing in stadia that are packed with large, cheering crowds and in the frenzy of the game. The children were two boys aged 10 and 12 and had come to see the match with their parents. However, the cricket-crazy atmosphere took hold of the crowd and the parents failed to keep a vigilant eye on their children. The nodal supervisor of the children's helpline Childline, Mr Nagasimha G. Rao, said.

» CHILDLINE Delhi rescues 26 Child Labourers rescued from Jamia Nagar

The Delhi police and the Task force against child labour conducted a rescue operation today in the capital and rescued 26 trafficked child labourers. The police was taking action on the directions of the Delhi High Court to release child labourers working in Jamia Nagar area. 26 children were rescued and 8 employers were detained by the police. The children were ranging between the age group of 8- 15 years. Most of them belong to Muzzafarpur district of Bihar and others from Darbhanga and Kishanganj.

» An endeavour for a healthy childhood

TIRUCHI: Factors that cause mental disturbance in children are many and varied. Cases involving child abuse reveal that such children suffering from mental disturbances did not enjoy a healthy childhood. The Childline 1098 can also be contacted for any assistance, particularly during vacation period.Children abandoned by parents face specific problem which will be addressed by providing accommodation to them, says A.Albert Manoharan, CHILDLINE co-ordinator. He says that adequate awareness had already been created among students about the activities of the Childline 1098.

» CHILDLINE Mumbai on Child beggary Task Force

Mumbai: The Task Force formed by Department of Women and Child welfare.The task force consist of DWCD officials, City Police, Juvenile Aid Police Unit (JAPU), Child welfare Committee Members, Doctors from government hospital, CHILDLINE team, Salaam Balaak Trust, Pratham. The first rescue operation was held at Gateway of India on February 12,2011. A task force of officials from the women and child welfare and home departments has decided to re-launch its drive to rescue child beggars in the city. The drive will first focus on signals and religious places in Mumbai and will gradually cover other parts of the state.

» Mission Cycle to liberate childhood

GURGAON: A group of nine cyclists from Gurgaon have chosen to undertake a 320-km ride to Ajmer in a bid to sensitize people against child labour and raise funds for two NGOs Gurgaon Ki Awaaz and CHILDLINE Gurgaon working in the field of child rights. The mission Cycle to Liberate Childhood is being spearheaded by Chiro Mitra, who helped bring to light the DLF phase I child labour case. Mitra's effort had helped an NGO rescue an 8-year-old boy from the clutches of bondage labour and torture.

» Innovating to connect the dots for social benefit

Young minds are constantly concocting bright ideas that have the power or ability to make the 'difference' required. However, lack of required support like exposure or funds, often prevents them from growing to their fullest potential.Nishit Kumar, head, Communication & Strategic Initiatives, CHILDLINE says, "Technology reduces costs, we aim to use contemporary technology to improve efficiency and reduce costs. We have upgraded our services by using BPO technology. Internet has become part of people's lives."

» 5 girls on way to Delhi rescued in Rayagada

BERHAMPUR: Five teenaged girls were rescued by police from Muniguda in Rayagada district. These girls were being trafficked to Delhi to work in an industrial unit by a man, who has been detained. The girls are from Belangama, Madhuguda and Makadakari villages in Kandhamal district. This is not the first time that police rescued these teenagers from traffickers. Around 110 teenagers, mostly girls from Kandhamal, Gajapati and Ganjam districts, have been rescued by the activists of Childline from different places in the past year, director of CHILDLINE Berhampur S Sabat said.

» DC spots child labourer in MCG office, orders probe

GURGAON: The latest case of child labour in the city comes from within the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon. A 13-year-old boy had been serving tea to the civic body officials for several months and no one took notice until, on Wednesday, deputy commissioner R K Kataria spotted him and subsequently ordered an inquiry. Kataria summoned the district child welfare officer and Childline (children helpline) to rescue the child. The child was taken to the nearest police station after a medical test.

» Child helpline should reach more juveniles: Activists

Kolkata, Jan 31 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) A childline in West Bengal to come to the aid of children in distress completed 12 years last week but activists say there is a need to spread the message further.Social activists say CHILDLINE can go a long way in arresting the crime rate in society. The awareness should reach every section of the society, he added.He was speaking recently on the 12th birth anniversary of CHILDLINE, a toll free number for children in need of care and protection."I think CHILDLINE has been a great help expecially for us who are dealing with the Juvenile Justice system but the awareness part needs to be focussed on," said Bipasha Roy, Juvenile Justice Board, Member.

» For Rs 7000, girl kept as slave, abused for 5 years

NAGPUR: A horror tale of a 17-year-old girl living in slavery and abused for nearly five years by a businessman's family for a mere Rs 7,000 has surfaced in the city on the eve of the Republic Day. The girl was rescued last Thursday by volunteers of Childline, an NGO, and is now undergoing rehabilitation in the state government's Karuna women's shelter home on Katol Road.

» Nickelodeon Extends Big Help For Childline

Nicktoon Dora the Explorer supports Childline in the Dream Run at The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2011. Nickelodeon begins the year helping the community by participating in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2011.On the occasion, Nina Elavia Jaipuria, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon India said, "With the Big Help, Nickelodeon remains committed to contribute to the welfare of the community. Running the marathon for the 4th consecutive year, we are happy to support Childline, an NGO that provides aid and assistance to street kids. "

» Two child labourers rescued

GURGAON: A day after TOI reported the plight of child labourers in the city, two kids - aged 9 years and 12 years - were rescued from a dhaba in Sector 53 on Tuesday. Acting on the complaint of NGO Shakti Vahini, which works for child rights, the police registered an FIR against Kiranpal Daima. While the older one had been working for the past four months, the nine-year-old was brought into the city just a month back. Nishi Kant, executive director of Shakti Vahini, said, "We had received a complaint through Childline (children helpline number 1098).

» Bonded labour act added in FIR against Gupta

GURGAON: Acting on the recommendations of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), suitable sections under the Bonded Labour System (abolition) Act has been added in the FIR against Ishwar Kumar Gupta and his family. Gupta's family has been named accused in the case related to wrongful confinement and abuse of an eight-year-old child employed as domestic help in the posh DLF Phase-II locality. The NCPCR had conducted an investigation in the case, after it received a complaint from an NGO Shakti Vahini, which runs Childline, and also rescued the child in this particular case. The commission has recommended a slew of corrective measures to the Haryana Government in dealing with child abuse cases.

» Child labour is rampant in city

GURGAON: The recent incident of an eight-year-old domestic help rescued from the posh DLF Phase-I area has once again shifted the spotlight on the proliferating problem of child labour. The official claimed that in each case, the offenders are penalized as per the rules. Rishi Kant, spokesperson of NGO Shakti Vahini which runs Childline in Gurgaon, said, "It is very difficult to weed out this problem as this comes under the unorganized sector."

» Children issues need urgent attention: DC

GURGAON: A few days after the Gurgaon police rescued an eight-year-old domestic help from his employers who used to beat him up mercilessly, the Gurgaon administration has constituted a district monitoring committee. Deputy commissioner (DC), RK Kataria, also gave instructions to the concerned SDM to examine and file a case under the Bonded Labour Act in the 8-year-old domestic help case where he was tortured by his employers. Kataria also instructed to provide relief to the child victim according to the central government sponsored schemes. The task force will have the SDM, ACP of the concerned Area, labour officer, Childline, education department, health department and district child welfare council as members of the team. The task force will develop response system to address the above mentioned issues, while the district monitoring committee will oversee their functioning, Kataria said.

» I love Mumbai, I run for it!

It's official: Mumbai is right up there alongside international cities with heart. You just wait and watch the show tomorrow! I am talking about the Mumbai Marathon which, over the past seven years, has grown into a robust property that does the city proud. What a coincidence. It was exactly the same NGO (non-governmental organisation) I'll be running for, and have been running for over the past few years. In my case, Childline picked me! And I am so grateful.

» 8-yr-old tortured, treated like a dog

GURGAON: An eight-year-old boy was rescued from the clutches of trader by a city-based NGO from a bungalow in DLF Phase I with the help of local police on Wednesday. The child was allegedly kept as bonded labourer and was being subjected to physical torture for last two months by the owners of the house. The NGO Shakti Vahani, which runs childline (children helpline number 1098) in Gurgaon, had received a complaint in this regard late on Tuesday night.


» 11 bonded labourers rescued from Shimla

BHUBANESWAR: Following the efforts of Childline here, its Shimla counterpart with the help of Himachal Pradesh Police succeeded in rescuing 11 bonded labourers from Pani village under Rampur Tehsil and Jhakari PS in Shimla district. They were all engaged in a tunnel work in a deceitful manner.The plight of those innocent tribals reportedly started on November 20. Dalal (middleman) Bimal Oram, former Bagdega Sarpanch, and Kalsu Sahu, a contractor residing at the Fertilizer Township, tempted them with handsome daily wage of Rs 200 with food and shelter in Rajasthan.

» Against child beggary

KOZHIKODE: Kozhikode City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan leading an awareness campaign against child beggary in trains organised by the Childline India Foundation at the Kozhikode railway station on Monday.

» New year gift: Orphans get new shelter

LUCKNOW: The Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Lucknow, provided a new shelter home to the mentally retarded (MR) orphan children on the first day of the new year. Around 20 children, up to the age of 10, were living in the government child home at Prag Narain road till date. CHILDLINE coordinator Varsha Sharma and her team members also helped in the endeavour.

» 26 kids working at food joints rescued

LUCKNOW: In a joint operation, department of labour and Childline rescued 26 child labourers in the city. The children were working in various restaurants and eating joints in Vikasnagar, Aliganj, Kapoorthala, Kaiserbagh and Hussainganj. Two separate teams were formed to raid the places for rescue operation. Childline director, Anshumali Sharma said that this is merely the tip of an iceberg when it comes to the menace of child labour. Over 5,000 children are working illegally in the unorganised sector, he added.

» Counselling, community service best for juvenile delinquents

PUNE: At a meeting of representatives from NGOs and parents of juvenile offenders, held at the Shivajinagar observation home on Friday, it was pointed out that the juvenile justice board does not punish' juveniles in conflict with the law,Speaking on the occasion, Anuradha Sahasrabuddhe, director, Dnyana Devi-Childline helpline, said, "Juveniles in conflict with the law are often misled into not pleading guilty, stating that doing so would stigmatise them forever. But this is not correct. Once the juvenile justice board decides the case, the police are supposed to wipe out that record.

» Couple held for torturing 10-yr-old help

KOLKATA: A couple was arrested on Wednesday from Titagarh for torturing a 10-year-old girl they had kept as a domestic help. Still Child was dragged to the terrace and locked in the open air and made to spend the whole night in the biting cold. Luckily, a neighbour spotted the girl crouching and shivering on the terrace and called Childline India Foundation (CIF) for help. he NGO filed an FIR on Wednesday morning. "We took immediate action and arrested the couple after the complaint. We have started a probe," said Barrackpore additional SP Dhrubojyoti Dey. The NGO members claimed Dipak was an ex-armyman but police refused to confirm this.

» State sets up panel to review kids' homes

MUMBAI: Following the Bombay high court's directive, the state government has set up a state co-ordination committee, under the chairpersonship of Asha Bajapai of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, to review children's homes across the state. The other members include deputy commissioner (child development) H B Rathod, mental health expert Dr Harish Shetty, social worker Anjali Gokaran, Childline's Chitrakala Acharya and Save the Children's Sarita Shankaran.

» Kids orphaned by tragedy

NEW DELHI: The building collapse has left many children orphaned. Te minister incharge, Kiran Walia, pointed out that so far a count from different hospitals has put the number of orphan children at five. Walia will be taking up the matter with CWC Mayur Vihar, incharge of east Delhi, where the collapse took place. CWC chairperson Mamta Sahay told Times City that a childline team visited the hospitals and site where these five children were found.

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