Nalgonda: ChildLine’s tollfree number 1098 received 419 calls in 2016 lodging various complaints of child labour, abuse, trafficking, sale, child marriages, illegal adoptions and others.
In a good sign, as the ChildLine, which was set up one-and-a-half year ago, received more number of calls on the crime against children. The complaints on child labour, abuse and child marriage were more among the calls received by the ChildLine.
The ChildLine was an initiative of the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, to reach out to every child in need of care and protection by responding to emergencies.
Out of 419 emergency calls received by 1098 in this year, the ChildLine members succeed in rescuing 371 children with the help of the police. Due to various reasons, the ChildLine members also failed to rescue children in 48 calls due to delay in reaching the spot. Majority of these cases were of child marriages.
Meanwhile, the members could avert 100 child marriages in the district.
Out of 126 phone calls received on child marriages, the ChildLine members succeeded in stopping 100 child marriages this year. They stopped nearly 60 child marriages in March and April months in 2016.
Child Line also focused on child beggars and conducted special drives to avert them from the disrespectful profession.
Speaking to Telangana Today, ChildLine’s district coordinator Nagi Reddy said that they picked up 17 child beggars in Nalgonda town and conducted counselling to them. “We explained them about educational opportunities with hostel facilities and tried to bring change in them,” he said. He stated that nearly 30 children belonged to a particular community from Kanagal and Koppolu villages were daily arriving to Nalgonda for begging. “We have identified them and made efforts to enroll them in the schools, he maintained.
“We have been receiving calls on child trafficking from Devarakonda area, while prostitution from Yadagirigutta area. Generally, most of the calls received by ChildLine No 1098 were anonymous,” he added.
Interestingly, the ChildLine also received complaints from the schoolchildren on corporal punishment. The ChildLine members conducted counselling to two teachers in two cases and a police case was filed against a teacher in third case.
In addition to this, 250 children were rescued as a part of Operation Smile-II in 2016. Also, the ChildLine has received 51 calls on child labour, 20 on child abuse, 25 on missing, two on sale of children and 33 on school dropouts. Three cases of sexual assault on girl students on the school premises were also reported.