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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on MyGov is July 30, 2018.
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