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10-year-old boy found begging rescued
NAGERCOIL: A 10-year-old boy from Parakkinkal near Nagercoil, who was seen begging for alms in front of Nesamony Memorial College for Arts and Science at Marthandam, was handed over to CHILDLINE, run by Kottar Social Service Society. According to police, the boy was seen on Monday carrying with him a laminated sheet of paper, which stated that he had hearing disability and was an orphan.
http://www.thehindu.com

Where are our missing girls?
BENGALORE: "The issue of missing children (especially girls) is a big issue, which both the government and society at large have been ignoring for a long time. Most cases of missing children across India go unreported. Mostly parents don't register complaints. Many parents, those from rural areas, think that it is a stigma that their daughters have gone missing from their homes," says NG Rao, CHILDLINE Bangalore.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Classmate prevents minor’s marriage
HYDERABAD: The marriage of a 13-year-old girl with her brother-in-law in Chidruppa village in Sangareddy mandal, scheduled was stopped at the last moment. A classmate of the girl called CHILDLINE 1098 and informed the authorities about the proposed marriage. By 11.20 a.m., officials of various departments and an NGO reached the marriage function hall and stopped the marriage in the nick of time.
http://www.thehindu.com

Urbanisation, the drive behind child marriages?
CHENNAI: If one thought that child marriage was always associated with village girls and antiquated traditions, it’s time to think again. According to social activists and emerging data, urbanisation might be one of the reasons fuelling child marriage rates. The interventions like awareness about 1098 helplines had helped prevent about 900 child marriages.
http://www.newindianexpress.com

Caretakers turn predators at Homes
BENGALORE: India is home to every sixth child in the world today. With about 430 million children (0-18 years), the world’s largest population of children, India can write the future of the world, but not if the status of children remains the same, Deccan Chronicle reports. A 2013 report of the Asian Centre for Human Rights titled ‘India’s hell holes: Sexual assaults in juvenile justice homes’ has compiled 39 cases of child rapes in Juvenile Justice Homes from across India.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com

Grandpa held for beating infant
KOCHI: In another case of child torture by family members, a one-and-a-half-year-old girl was admitted to a Kochi hospital with multiple swellings on her body. Maradu police later arrested her grandfather Jossy in connection with the incident.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Halt the Chorus of Violence
To prevent violence against children we need policy change, police reforms and transparent governance, says Ingrid Srinath. A 5-year-old boy has been in a coma in a Vellore hospital for almost a month. He was transferred to Vellore from Idukki where he had been brought to a local hospital in a coma, beaten so badly, doctors there said, that nearly every bone in his body was fractured.
http://www.dnaindia.com

4.15 million emergency calls made to Indian children's safety helpline in the last year
Being the most vulnerable members of society, children not only need to be the most protected but safety measures concerning them are an absolute imperative. Nishit Kumar, Head Communications and Strategic Initiatives at Childline India Foundation, that provides a helpline to children, delves on the existing measures, legal and otherwise, for child safety in India
http://www.dnaindia.com

A 24-hour helpline for children in need
MUMBAI: Started in 1996, with the idea of bringing technology and child rights together, 1098 is the country’s only 24-hour helpline for distressed children.“All telecom operators recognize our number, and it can be accessed from anywhere in the country,” says Nishit Kumar, Head, CSI, CIF.
http://www.livemint.com

It's only words, children
Children of India, brace yourselves today for an outpouring of words. Slogans will pile up on clichés stacked on platitudes. You will hear ad nauseam that you are the nation’s future. And that no investments yield greater returns than those made in your future. Read a piece by Ingrid Srinath, Executive Director,CIF.
​​http://www.dnaindia.com/

CHILDLINE rescues 8 children from railway station
ALLAHABAD: In a joint operation, CHILDLINE and Government Railway Police (GRP), Allahabad on Tuesday rescued eight children at the Allahabad railway junction. These children were allegedly involved in petty offences in and around Allahabad junction.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Grandpa held for beating infant
KOCHI: In another case of child torture by family members, a one-and-a-half-year-old girl was admitted to a Kochi hospital with multiple swellings on her body. The child was police handed over to CHILDLINE volunteers.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Why distressed children call 1098
Every year, CHILDLINE fields more than 2.2 million distress calls from children across 291 cities in India. From adults who live in denial about child sexual abuse to class-specific surprises, our writer tracks what the 27 million calls so far to the helpline have taught its staff about our children and changed their own lives.
http://in.news.yahoo.com

CHILDLINE 1098 launched in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: CHILDLINE is now active in Jammu and Kashmir. The service can be used by child labourers working in organized and unorganized sectors, kids who need emotional guidance, missing children, runaway kids, children affected by disasters and children who are victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse in schools.
http://www.kashmirlife.netr/

Scattered moves strain to fight child abuse
KOZHIKODE: CHILDLINE India Foundation says Kerala, with 681 cases, comes on top of the list of States in cases of child sex abuse reported from 2010 to 2012 — far ahead of the 155 of the second-position Tamil Nadu. Anuradha Vidyasankar, Head, Southern Regional Resource Centre, CIF, says, “It by no means suggests that Kerala is the State with the highest number of cases, but [one has] to read it as highest being reported
http://www.thehindu.com

Minor issue
"Unless these are in place, how can you think of stricter penal action? Less than 0.5 per cent of the Union Budget is spent on child protection. I will not be surprised if more minors turn to brutal crimes," said Mr Nishit Kuamr, Head, CSI from CIF.
http://week.manoramaonline.com

Halt the Chorus of Violence
MUMBAI: To prevent violence against children we need policy change, police reforms and transparent governance, says Ingrid Srinath. At CHILDLINE we rescued almost 18,000 children last year who were victims of violence and abuse. We dealt with perpetrators of violence who are parents, neighbours, teachers, friends, employers, traffickers and police personnel as well as staff in shelters, homes and orphanages among others.
http://www.dnaindia.com

Special Victims: Law, Order and India's Children
MUMBAI: In 2012, CHILDLINE rescued 33,512 children in distress and accompanied them through a process of assessing their situations, exploring options and finding resolution. Most Indian children in need of care and protection, or those in conflict with the law, do not enjoy such a buffer from the vagaries and callousness of the system.
http://www.dnaindia.com

Report crimes against children: Muneer
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Any violence against children may be informed to the child welfare committees, Juvenile Justice Board, CHILDLINE activists, Social Justice Probation Officers, special police units in districts or child welfare officer in police stations. The public should inform any crime, violence or atrocities against children to the authorities concerned as soon as it comes to their notice, Minister for Panchayats and Social Welfare M.K. Muneer has said.
http://www.thehindu.com

2-yr-old baby lying in Dehradun hospital awaits family missing in Uttarakhand tragedy
An injured little girl who was found near Rishikesh has both her legs fractured. If you can identify the baby, you can call CHILDLINE. You can also call the Doon hospital in Dehradun, numbers of which are flashed in the video.
http://headlinestoday.intoday.in

Child trafficking gets short shrift as forces too strained
NEW DELHI: Nishit Kumar from CHILDLINE which has a regional office at Dehradun and is in the process of formulating its strategy targeted at children affected by the floods, says: “There are no figures at present, but obviously children in large numbers have been victims pilgrim towns by and large are supported by unorganised economy of guest houses, dhabas, child porters – all which thrive on child labour. That would account for thousands of children, at least.”
http://www.business-standard.com

CHILDLINE assured all help to curb child labour
BHOPAL: CHILDLINE Bhopal observed Anti Child Labour Day on Wednesday. Children from Bal Peer Group and students from BSSS College took part in programmes. At the inaugural function held at the Collectorate, assistant labour commissioner S S Dixit informed the gathering about issues related to child labour. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

June 12 to mark World Day against Child Labour
Ingrid Srinath, Executive Director, CHILDLINE India Foundation says Many Indians believe child labour is caused by poverty. With 11% of the workforce of India as Child Labourers, 1 in every 10 workers in India is a child! If you allocate a tenth of India’s GDP to this share you can see that India’s Child Labour has a stake in India’s GDP.
http://www.indiainfoline.com

Govt issues circular to check abuse of minors at shelter homes
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has issued a circular to all district offices of Child Welfare Committee with suggestions and guidelines on checking sexual and physical abuse of minor inmates in shelter homes.. The issue came to notice in April after the inmates sent a letter to CHILDLINE alleging sexual and physical harassment by a trustee and four other male employees. " http://www.business-standard.com

Child helpline members educate public about child rights through street play
MYSORE: Children Helpline members on Friday educated Mysoreans about children rights and issues haunting them through street play as part of International Child Helpline Day celebrated on May 17.They told the public that child marriage, employing child for work and child trafficking all attracts penal action. Children, especially street children and orphans, are at risk and they need your (Public) help.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Yet another rescue act by CHILDLINE
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Three members of a family from Nedumangad, comprising a three-month-old girl child, her ten-year-old brother and their mother, a mentally-challenged person approximately 30 years old, were rescued by CHILDLINE.
http://newindianexpress.com

Media seminar
THRISSUR: A media seminar on ‘Safety of women and children’ will be held at Manappuram Hotel auditorium. Child Welfare Committee member Seena Rajagopal will lead the seminar. The Information Public Relations Department in association with the Press Club, Thrissur, and ChildLine is organising the seminar
http://www.thehindu.com

Two child marriages stopped in Namakkal
NAMMAKAL: Marriages of two minor girls that were scheduled to be held in different places in Namakkal District on Wednesday were stopped by the Anti Trafficking Wing Police, CHILDLINE 1098 and by personnel from the Revenue and District Social Welfare Department.
http://www.thehindu.com

Schools to display childline numbers
BANGALORE: To help schoolchildren deal with child abuse and extreme punishments, the Department of School Education has decided to prominently display boards with the toll free childline number 1098 in schools across the state. Instructions were sent last week to Deputy Directors of Public Instruction from the Department of School Education asking them to get the boards displayed in schools under their jurisdiction
http://newindianexpress.com

Child marriage prevented
NASHIK: A child marriage that was to take place at Songaon in Dindori tehsil on Monday at 4 pm was prevented by Dindori police and city NGO, Childline. This is the fourth case of child marriage since April 29. Acting on a tip off, volunteers of CHILDLINE contacted the Dindori police and stopped the marriage of a 14-year-old girl around 12.30 pm.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/Child-marriage-prevented/articleshow/20302928.cms

Triplicane has highest no. of out-of-school children: survey
CHENNAI: Many children work at Marina Beach, selling food and other items. On a hot April morning, the Chennai Corporation playground in Royapuram was brimming with young boys carrying cricket bats and wearing oversized football jerseys. Of the lot, at least five admitted they were school drop-outs.
http://www.thehindu.com

When callers to CHIDLINE say 'I don’t want solution, I want you'
Imagine the state of mind of a woman call operator at a national emergency number for children when callers ask for sexual favours. More than 70 per cent of the calls received by Childline (1098) service for children are abusive and pranks, child rights groups associated with the service here have stated in their complaint to the police.
http://newindianexpress.com

Children alerted to effects of drug abuse
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Janamaitri volunteers under the Fort police station organised an awareness class for children on drug abuse and its ill-effects here on Thursday. Assistant Commissioner of Police, City Crime Records Bureau, Reji Jacob inaugurated the session. Around 250 children from 13 wards under the Fort police subdivision attended the session along with their parents.
http://www.thehindu.com

Children waking up to their rights
NEW DELHI: The number of calls received by the national child helpline has doubled since the 16/12 gang rape and debut of Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate. The Delhi gang rape case in 2012 will go down in India’s history for dramatically changing anti-rape laws. The year also witnessed Bollywood star Aamir Khan’s television reality show debut. The two unlinked events had a unified impact — sudden rise in reporting of child abuse cases. More than doubling of number of calls received by national child helpline — Childline — in 2012.
http://paper.hindustantimes.com

NGO, cops stop volunteers, police stop minor's marriage
NASHIK: A minor girl was stopped from being married off against her wishes by her parents and relatives on Monday. Childline volunteers and Adgaon police officials landed at the Ram Sita Mangal Karyalay near Adgaon Naka to stop the marriage from taking place.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

CHILDLINE completes 12 years
VADODARA: CHILDLINE completed 12 years in the city on April 25. For celebrating the occasion, various programs and activities were conducted to generate awareness regarding child helpline 1098. A attempt was made to cover as many citizens as possible during the week-long childline birthday celebrations from April 25 to April 30 by conducting several events.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Infant rescued by CHILDLINE
PUDUKOTTAI: An abandoned infant which was rescued by the authorities in the town on April 27 was handed over to SOCSEAD, the government approved adoption agency in Tiruchi for foster care by Collector C.Manoharan. The male infant, abandoned within hours after birth in a ditch in Nizam Colony, was rescued by the CHILDLINE authorities.
http://www.thehindu.com

CHILDLINE rescues 16 children from Ellisbridge
AHMEDABAD: Sixteen children working in various eateries in Ellisbridge area, as well as two from Kalupur railway station, were rescued by CHILDLINE . The children aged between 14 and 17 years were allegedly made to work for 12 to 15 hours a day.
http://daily.bhaskar.com

Girl children rescued
NAMAKKAL: S.L. Sathiya Nesan, Director , CHILDLINE Namakkal said that they received a call from the police outpost in Namakkal bus stand regarding two girl children found wandering in the area. “The girls, aged five and three years, said that their mother passed away and their father, an astrologer, took them along with him wherever he went.
http://www.thehindu.com

School girl saved from marriage
KARUR: Timely intervention by the Childline authorities saved a girl child from being pushed into forced marriage near here on Wednesday. CHIDLLINE was tipped off that a class 9 student, aged about 15 and belonging to Manavasi Samathuvapuram in Karur district, was made ready for marriage.
http://www.thehindu.com

CHILDLINE posters released to help runaways
BANGALORE: In an attempt to sensitise and educate police officers about the rights and proper care of minors, children, juveniles and juvenile delinquents, Child Rights Trust India, in association with CHILDLINE, released a poster with the necessary information.
Speaking at an event, Vasudeva Sharma, Executive Director, Child Rights Trust, said that the posters had points which explained in simple steps what a police officer should do in cases involving children and minors.
http://www.deccanherald.com

Court for CHILDLINE facility in schools
KOCHI: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday stressed the need to establish childline facility in all educational institutions in the State in the wake of increasing incidents of sexual abuse of children.The Bench comprising Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon and Justice A .V. Ramkrishna Pillai observed that the childline activities would protect and promote the welfare of children.
http://www.thehindu.com

City police get lessons on child rights
GURGAON: Nearly 60 city police officers took part in a special workhop on children’s rights organised by CHILDLINE. The programme held at the office of the police commissioner was focused on various aspects of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013.
http://www.hindustantimes.com

Nine bonded child labourers freed from bangle factory
LUCKNOW: Nine bonded child labourers, aged between 8 and 12 years (all from Bihar), were rescued from a bangle factory in Lakadandi area of Old City . Manoj, a volun teer of Childline, who escorted the children to the shelter home, said: “The children were scared. They feared uttering anything against their masters, who not just made them work under inhuman conditions but also tortured them.”.
http://www.hindustantimes.com

CHILDLINE receives over 3.24 lakh calls in 10 years
SALEM: CHILDLINE 1098 has received more than 3.24 lakh calls since inception its 10 years ago, Ruby Thiyagarajan, Childline Nodal Director, said. She was addressing presspersons on CHILDLINE 1098.
http://www.thehindu.com

Four children rescued at Vizag railway station
VISAKHAPATNAM: Resting for hardly two hours in a day and eating leftover food provided by employers was the life shared by three others from the region. These four, Tracy, Babitha, Padma and Lakshmi, aged between 10 and 12 years, were rescued by the GRP from the city railway station on Sunday when they were being taken back to Surya Lakshmi Cotton Mills at Amangal, Mahabubnagar district, and handed over to the CHIDLINE
http://www.thehindu.com

Infant found abandoned
A 15-day-old-infant, found abandoned near the Velankanni Basilica a few days back, was handed over to SOCSEAD, a voluntary organisation, under the cradle baby scheme. The child was found by a police constable and handed over to the district CHILDLINE.
http://www.thehindu.com

Marriage of three minor girls stopped
TIRUCHY: Marriage of three minor girls have been stopped by district administration officials following information to them. Official sources said the action followed information Childline received about the marriage of a minor girl residing at Poomalaipuram near Musiri.Upon information given by the rescued girl regarding the marriage of her friend, the team proceeded to a village near Thottiyam and rescued her. http://www.thehindu.com

Child marriage stopped
NAMAKKAL: The marriage of a 17-year-old girl that was scheduled to be conducted on Friday was stopped by the Anti-Trafficking Police, CHILDLINE 1098 and revenue officials on the eve of the wedding. Those who were part of the team that stopped the marriage told The Hindu that the girl was in her Plus Two and was claimed to be the school topper who is expected to excel in the board exams in March.
http://www.thehindu.com

Orphan girl rescued
THANJAVUR: A 12-year-old orphan girl was rescued and handed over to the all women police station on Sunday. Later, through Childline she was sent to an orphanage in Tiruchi. The girl was standing near Pillaiyar temple on Vandikara street on Sunday, when Shanmughasundaram, councillor, enquired with her. The girl had lost her parents and was living at a relative’s house in Pattukottai.
http://www.thehindu.com

Two child labourers rescued
GULBARGA: Timely intervention by volunteers of Childline and Marghadarshi, a non-governmental organisation, helped in rescuing two child labourers hailing from a village near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, who were forced to sell ice candies in the city by a relative
http://www.thehindu.com

CHILDLINE to be extended
BHUBANESWAR: The state government has decided to expand CHILDLINE service to five more districts - Gajapati, Keonjhar, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Koraput. At present, the network is available in 13 districts.Women and child development department (W&CD) last week urged Childline India Foundation (CIF), the nodal agency of the Union ministry of women and child development, which manages and monitors the Child line service all over the country, to include more areas under its project.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Workshop On National Initiative for Child Protection
AIZWAL: National Initiative For Child Protection (NICP) Workshop 2013 was organized yesterday at Aizawl Press Club by Mizoram Journalists’ Association (MJA) and CHIDLINE. The programme was presided by DR Zirliana, General Secretary MJA. C.Zodinpuii, Superintendent, RITC, Member Secretary, Child Welfare Committee presented a paper on the topic of “Child Rights and Its Implications”.
http://www.mizonews.net

New-born girl rescued near garbage dump
CHENNAI: A new-born girl was found abandoned near a garbage dump in Nerkundram near Maduravoyal. Morning walkers who heard the cries of baby wailing, found the new-born wrapped in a cloth near the dump yard that is close to a temple. After they called the Maduravoyal police, volunteers of Child Line, the government-run helpline for children, took the baby to Institute of Child Health in Egmore.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

When the Chief Minister dropped in
KOCHI: Six-year old Bagalpuria from Kolkata wore proudly the shawl gifted by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The boy had been staying at the Palluruthy unit of Sneha Bhavan for more than two years now. The Sneha Bhavan unit run by Don Bosco in association with Kochi Corporation has many children brought here by Childline and the Railway Police.
http://www.thehindu.com

Two child labourers rescued
GULBARGA: Timely intervention by volunteers of Childline and Marghadarshi, a non-governmental organisation, helped in rescuing two child labourers hailing from a village near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, who were forced to sell ice candies in the city by a relative.
Anandraj of Marghadarshi said here on Saturday the child labourers were brought from their village near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh by a distant relative, Anees Muneer Ali, on the promise of putting them in a school.
http://www.thehindu.com

Not just for emergencies, Childline encourages children to chat
TRICHY: During after-school hours, counsellors at the city office of Childline, the toll free helpline for children in distress, are busy on the telephone, not just noting down details vital for rescuing children from child marriage or abuse, but also listening to birthday plans, narrating stories and suggesting study techniques.
http://www.thehindu.com

Taluk-level panels to curb child labour
GULBARGA: The taluk-level committees will be in addition to the district-level advisory committees and district-level executive committees to combat child labour. The districts of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region are said to have more incidence of child labour due to poverty, unemployment and lack of proper education. The initiatives taken to eradicate child labour include registration of online complaints, through phone, e-mail and the Childline ‘1098’.
http://www.deccanherald.com

Sex safety drills go to schools
MUMBAI: Nishit Kumar, head, communications and strategic initiatives, CIF says at the end of the session, volunteers give children sealed envelopes which contain literature for parents on child sexual abuse, how to recognize symptoms, how to help the child recognize them, and how to seek recourse. "Only a day ago, I received a request from a parent for 500 copies of that letter, which he wants to distribute in Dharavi," Kumar says.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Government school children sensitised on child rights
NAMAKKAL: CHILDLINE 1098 has initiated a school children sensitisation campaign wherein school children in the upcoming education hub are enlightened on the various forms of abuse of children and their rights. Director of the Childline 1098 in this district S.L. Sathiya Nesan said that the campaign targeting Government school children began in the second week of January.
http://www.thehindu.com

Juveniles: It’s no longer a minor issue
LUCKNOW: The backlog at the juvenile justice boards is so high that cases dating back to 1980s are still being tried. As for a way out of the current situation where adults rub shoulders with genuine juveniles, Anshmali Sharma, Director of CHIDLINE Lucknow and a member of the Child Welfare Committee, says, “The Delhi government has initiated ‘place of safety’ for those juveniles who become adults by the time they are convicted. Why can’t we adopt a similar method? Allowing 30-year-olds to stay with those below 18 defeats the very purpose of the special homes.”
http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Lucknow/Juveniles-It-s-no-longer-a-minor-issue/Article1-993223.aspx

Two children rescued from banana chip-making unit
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For over a month, 12-year-old Raja and 16-year-old Vijay (names changed) were handling hot oil and gas burners, to cater to the daily demands for fried banana and potato chips at a local unit in the city. CHILDLINE team rescued two children from banana chip-making unit from the factory. The officials with the help of police reached the factory, and though the owner of the factory was not present, the other workers were told of the complaint.
http://www.thehindu.com

Workshop for policemen
KOZHIKODE: As part of sensitising the police to the rights of children, the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, in association with the city chapter of Childline India Foundation, organised a one-day workshop for Sub Inspectors and civil police officers in on Monday. City Police Commissioner G. Sparjan Kumar, inaugurating the workshop, said attacks on children were a disgrace to a civilised society. — Staff Reporter
http://www.thehindu.com

Delhi gangrape: Should a juvenile be tried as an adult?
“More than 90 per cent of all delinquency is a response to how society treats a child. More than 40 per cent of India’s children are marginalised through trafficking, poverty, addiction, labour, abuse, disability, addiction, calamity, conflicts, exploitation etc. Rather than addressing this issue, we are talking about trying juveniles on case by case basis,” says Nishit Kumar of CIF.
http://www.firstpost.com

Newborn rescued
ONGOLE: A newborn male baby was found abandoned on the road-side here. The baby was left under an autorickshaw in shivering cold when a tea stall woman noticed it and sought the assistance of CHILDLINE by calling 1098 service. CHILDLINE team NGO partner HELP representative B.V.Sagar rushed to the spot and rescued the baby on Thursday night. Wrapping the baby in a towel, the baby was rushed to a near-by private hospital, where it was put in the intensive care unit.
http://www.thehindu.com

CWC seeks key panchayat's help to curb trafficking
RANCHI: The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the state has given suggestions, which will help curb child trafficking, to the social welfare department and sought involvement of panchayat members in the process. According to Mahesh Madhwani, a CWC member, a toll-free number in the department is necessary so that a victim can get help immediately.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

CHILDLINE 1098 to ring in three more districts
TRICHY: CHIDLLINE service would be started in Tiruvarur, Erode and Theni districts. Over the last few months, the emergency outreach service was started in Namakkal, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri. With Childline poised to expand to three more districts in the near future, the districts which were yet to be covered would be Sivaganga, Perambalur and the Nilgiris, Mr. Bosk said.
http://www.thehindu.com

Girl found abandoned in Ahmedabad-Okha train
RAJKOT: A girl child was found abandoned in a train in Rajkot..The police took help of CHILDLINE Rajkot. Personnel from the trust took custody of the child and sent her to Kathiawad Nirashrit Ashram, an orphanage.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Awareness of child rights critical to justice, welfare officers told
TRICHY: A day-long workshop titled to sensitise Child Welfare Officers (CWO) from the district was organised by CHILDLINE Trichy. It also focussed on the prevention of child marriages.
http://www.thehindu.com

Girl abandoned on SCB premises
CUTTACK: An one-year-old girl was found abandoned on the SCB Medical College and Hospital premises on Tuesday morning. People coming to the hospital found the little girl crying near the immunization ward of the hospital around 10 am. The baby was taken to the police outpost on the hospital premises. The child was handed over to CHILDLINE
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

5 minor marriages stopped
TRICHY: Five minor girls were saved across the state from the clutches of early marriage, thanks to prompt action by the police and child welfare organisations. The girls, all of whom wanted to pursue schooling, alerted the CHILDLINE at its helpline number ‘1098.’
http://newindianexpress.com

Overcrowded vehicles will attract action: Cops
PUNE: The traffic police on Friday said it would have zero tolerance against autorickshaws and vans ferrying more than the permissible number of school students. During the meeting, Anuradha Sahasrabudhe, director, CHILDLINE, drew attention to the possibility of autorickshaws overturning because of overloading.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Rape accused still at large
ALAPPUZHA: The only identified accused in the incident in which a minor girl was allegedly abducted and raped by two youths with the help of a woman at Padanilam near Nooranad in the district still remains at large. The girl told the incident to a teacher of a school she had studied in Thiruvananthapuram and she in turn alerted the CHILDLINE who informed the police.
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9 children rescued from begging
VISAKHAPATNAM: CHILDLINE and the Labour Department officials rescued nine children, who were engaged in begging at tourist spots and temples in the city. The children, aged between 8 and 12 years, were found begging at Simhachalam temple and R.K. Beach during the raids conducted by the special teams.
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Beggary and child labour biggest menace: Activists
PUNE: Child rights activists on Friday demanded a zero-tolerance policy for cases of sexual abuse, beggary and child labour during the city advisory board meeting of CHILDLINE.The meeting took strong cognizance of the rising cases of child sexual abuse (CSA), in many cases by the fathers of the victims and suggested a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle the problem. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Newborn rescued
ONGOLE: A newborn male baby was found abandoned on the road-side here. The baby was left under an autorickshaw in shivering cold when a tea stall woman noticed it and sought the assistance of CHILDLINE by calling 1098 service. CHILDLINE team rushed to the spot and rescued the baby. Wrapping the baby in a towel, the baby was rushed to a near-by private hospital, where it was put in the intensive care unit.
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Child abusers arm-twist parents
KOZHIKODE: Even as the rising tide of sexual abuse of children in schools causes concern, the number of cases being secretly settled by the influential accused and the parents of the victims is on the increase, pointing to the poor rehabilitation mechanisms available for the victims and the social stigma they face. Counsellors of CHILDLINE who work for exposing the molesters in schools say that many times, their toil becomes futile as the victims’ families succumb to pressure from the accused.
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CHILDLINE in Theni
CHILDLINE service would be started in Tiruvarur, Erode and Theni districts with approval having been obtained from the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. While a non-governmental organisation has already been identified to run the Childline in Erode, the process of identifying NGOs in Tiruvarur was on and a few of them have been shortlisted in Theni.
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Man arrested for sexually assualting step-daughter in Varanasi
VARANASI: A man has been arrested from the Prahaladghat district here for allegedly sexually assaulting and keeping his minor step-daughter hostage, police. The victim had run away from her house on the night of January one and had reached Mughalsarai through train from where her complaint was registered with the CHILDLINE located here, police said.The accused while terming the charges baseless has said that her step-daughter is mentally unstable and had run away from her home once before as well.
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Bangladeshi girl rescued from Kochi
KOCHI: A 19-year-old Bangladesh girl, who was brought to Kerala after being promised a job, was on Thursday rescued from a house where she was being illegally kept for prostitution and police arrested three persons in this connection.
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Childline to be extended
BHUBANESWAR: The state government has decided to expand CHILDLINE service to five more districts - Gajapati, Keonjhar, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Koraput. At present, the network is available in 13 districts.
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Orphan girl rescued
TRICHY: A 12-year-old orphan girl was rescued and handed over to the all women police station on Sunday. Later, through CHILDLINE she was sent to an orphanage in Tiruchi. The girl was standing near Pillaiyar temple on Vandikara street on Sunday, when Shanmughasundaram, councillor, enquired with her.
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Examination stress, not for students alone
TRIVANDRUM: Many counselling centres, including ChildLine, had parents of children studying in LKG and UKG, seeking help to understand their child’s behaviour during the examination time.
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Sex safety drills go to schools
MUMBAI: Nishit Kumar, Head, CSI, CIF says at the end of the session, volunteers give children sealed envelopes which contain literature for parents on child sexual abuse, how to recognize symptoms, how to help the child recognize them, and how to seek recourse. "Only a day ago, I received a request from a parent for 500 copies of that letter, which he wants to distribute in Dharavi," Kumar says. Most parents, he says, lack the language, if not the confidence, to discuss sexual safety with their children.
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Taluk-level panels to curb child labour
GULBARGA: The taluk-level committees will be in addition to the district-level advisory committees and district-level executive committees to combat child labour. The initiatives taken to eradicate child labour include registration of online complaints, through phone, e-mail and the CHILDLINE ‘1098’.
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Not just for emergencies, Childline encourages children to chat
TRICHY: During after-school hours, counsellors at the city office of CHILDLINE are busy on the telephone, not just noting down details vital for rescuing children from child marriage or abuse, but also listening to birthday plans, narrating stories and suggesting study techniques.
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“Saving children is everyone’s responsibility”
VISAKHAPATNAM: CHILDLINE would take care of the child and take it to the Child Welfare Committee, a government agency where the child would be protected, said P. Lalita Kumari of CHILDLINE at a press conference.
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Two child labourers rescued
GULBARGA: Timely intervention by volunteers of CHILDLINE and Marghadarshi, helped in rescuing two child labourers hailing from a village near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, who were forced to sell ice candies in the city by a relative.
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Slaves of destiny
Most of them had worked in dark, insanitary conditions and were forced to toil for up to 15 hours a day. The group of child labourers, rescued by CHILDLINE, had been beaten, intimidated and were almost imprisoned in dingy, locked rooms where they spent long hours with no access to light or fresh air.
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When the Chief Minister dropped in
KOCHI: Six-year old Bagalpuria from Kolkata wore proudly the shawl gifted by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The boy had been staying at the Palluruthy unit of Sneha Bhavan for more than two years now.The Sneha Bhavan unit run by Don Bosco in association with Kochi Corporation has many children brought here by CHILDLINE and the Railway Police.
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Horror at home
KERALA: Her father and uncle were arrested and remanded to judicial custody the very next day as the medical examination confirmed rape. Her brother was sent to a juvenile home in Thalassery. The police took the girl's statement in the presence of Childline workers. “She was terrified, confused and wanted to end her life,” said a CHILDLINE volunteer.
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New-born girl rescued near garbage dump
CHENNAI: A new-born girl was found abandoned near a garbage dump in Nerkundram near Maduravoyal. Morning walkers who heard the cries of baby wailing, found the new-born wrapped in a cloth near the dump yard that is close to a temple. After they called the Maduravoyal police, CHILDLINE took the baby to Institute of Child Health in Egmore.
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NICP workshop in Aizawl
AIZAWAL: National Initiative For Child Protection (NICP) Workshop held at Aizawl Press Club by Mizoram Journalists’ Association (MJA) and CHILDLINE
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Workshop for policemen
KOZHIKODE: As part of sensitising the police to the rights of children, the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, in association with CHILDLINE Kozhikode, organised a one-day workshop for Sub Inspectors and civil police officers.
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Ex-serviceman held on charge of sexual abuse
KASARGOD: The police arrested Girish, an ex-serviceman who was absconding for nearly a month, on the charge of sexually abusing a minor girl hailing from Thayannur, near Kanhangad. The school informed CHILDLINE, who later took the girl from her residence. The girl lived with her mother who did manual chores at a nearby hotel.
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17 panels for Madurai to prevent child abuse
MADURAI: CHILDLINE Madurai is working out with the training module for the children themselves educating them on various factors including sexual abuse, sensitising them on good touch, bad touch and preventive measures.
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Juveniles: It’s no longer a minor issue
LUCKNOW: Anshmali Sharma, Director of CHILDLINE Lucknow and a member of the Child Welfare Committee, says, “The Delhi government has initiated ‘place of safety’ for those juveniles who become adults by the time they are convicted. Why can’t we adopt a similar method? Allowing 30-year-olds to stay with those below 18 defeats the very purpose of the special homes.”
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Government school children sensitised on child rights
NAMAKKAL: CHILDLINE initiated a school children sensitisation campaign wherein school children in the upcoming education hub are enlightened on the various forms of abuse of children and their rights.
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Girl found abandoned in Ahmedabad-Okha train
RAJKOT: A girl child was found abandoned in a train in Rajkot on Wednesday. The girl, said to be about a year old, was discovered in a train going from Ahmedabad to Okha. A milk bottle, some clothes and a bag was found lying near the child. The police took help of CHILDLINE who took custody of the child and sent her to Kathiawad Nirashrit Ashram, an orphanage.
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Awareness of child rights critical to justice, welfare officers told
TRICHY: A day-long workshop titled ‘National Initiative for Child Protection’ was held to sensitise Child Welfare Officers (CWO) from the district towards handling children who have committed punishable offences.
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15-year-old molested for 5 years in Iritty
KANNUR: In yet another case of sexual abuse by relatives being reported from Iritty, a 15-year-old girl of Punnad near Iritty was molested for five years.The accused are the girl's relatives and she was being allegedly abused since the age of 10. The incident was reported with the intervention of the CHILDLINE activists.
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