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WCD Ministry launches ‘Childline1098’ contest

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a contest, #Childline1098, inviting people to share images of the Childline 1098 logo that they spot at unique locations and send it with a tagline, to mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30.

Jul 24, 2018 20:45 IST
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The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a contest, '#Childline1098' to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, 2018.

The contest invites people to share images of the Childline 1098 logo that they spot at unique locations and send it with a tagline.

Objective

According to the WCD Ministry, the online contest is a means to connect with the citizens and engage them in spreading information about the initiative towards curbing trafficking.

What is CHILDLINE?

It is India's first 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance.

The helpline is at present operational at 450 locations.

Background

  • As Railways often act as carriers of trafficked children, the Ministry signed an MoU with the Ministry of Railways to rescue and rehabilitate runaway, abandoned, kidnapped and trafficked children through the Railways.
  • The Ministry launched an awareness campaign through posters in railway coaches in November, 2015.
  • Over 2 lakh posters were put up in trains, cautioning passengers about children around them who may need protection.
  • The toll-free number - 1098 is not only for responding to the emergency needs of the children but also to link them to services for their long-term care and rehabilitation.  

Other Details

To familiarise children with Childline 1098, the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had requested HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to popularise it through the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) publications and screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in schools.

Based on the request, NCERT has published the information regarding Childline (1098) on the back side of the front cover of all course books from Class 6 to Class 12.

Further, in order to address various aspects of trafficking in terms of its prevention, protection and rehabilitation of victims, the WCD Ministry in consultation with other Ministries had drafted the comprehensive Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection & Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, which was approved by the Union Cabinet in February, 2018 and it is expected to be approved by the Parliament in the ongoing Monsoon Session.

According to activists, there are about 17 million victims of human trafficking in India and 40.3 million globally.

The full details of the contest are available on the Facebook & Twitter accounts of Ministry WCD (@MinistryWCD). The last date to submit entries on creativecorner.mwcd@gmail.com or on MyGov is  July 30, 2018.

 

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