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The calls would come late in the night.

Call 1098 for child in distress

"Didi, can you come? There's been a fight at the station."

"Didi, can you help? The police have battered Raju."

And a CHILDLINE volunteer would get up and rush out to where a street child was waiting. On one of those dashes across the sleeping city of Mumbai , an idea was born.

What street children in Mumbai needed was a helpline, their own helpline.

In 1996, CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) launched CHILDLINE, the country's first toll-free tele-helpline for street children in distress. As of March 2015, total of 36 Million calls since inception have been serviced by CHILDLINE service and operates in 473 cities/districts in 35 States/UTs through its network of over 887 partner organisations across India.

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