The Childline 1098 Service has been launched in the river island district Majuli of Assam on 17th March, Friday. North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS), a Jorhat based grassroot organisation which has been officially aligned as partner to implement the programme in Majuli hosts the inaugural event, held at the conference hall of Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Garamur, in association with the district administration. Mr. Pallav Gopal Jha, Deputy Commissioner graced the occasion with his presence and participated the meeting as the guest of honour. Further, delegates from various line departments, elected representatives from PRIs and social workers were present.
Childline 1098 service is run by Childline India Foundation which is supported by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development under Integrated Child Protection Scheme. The programme operates a telephone helpline for children in distress. It is a 24 hour, toll free phone outreach service for children who are in need of aid and assistance. Mr. Pallav Gopal Jha, in his inaugural speech urged everyone present in the gathering out there to reach out to every child who is in need of care, protection and emergency services. In his opinion, he called everyone to create an effort to establish a child friendly society where children as right holder have access to their rights and entitlements.
Childline 1098 service will work for the protection of the rights of all children in general. But the special focus is on all children in need of care and protection, especially the more vulnerable sections, which include street children and youth living alone on the streets, child labourers working in the unorganised and organized sectors, domestic help, especially girl domestics, children affected by physical / sexual / emotional abuse in family, schools or institutions, children who need emotional support and guidance, children of commercial sex workers, victims of child trafficking, children abandoned by parents or guardians, missing children, run away children, children who are victims of substance abuse, differently-abled children, children in conflict with the law, children in institutions, mentally challenged children, HIV/ AIDS infected children, children affected by conflict and disaster and children whose families are in crisis.
Girin Chetia, Director of NEADS expressed his words that the service will bring hope for children across the island and its neighbouring districts who are in need of aid and assistance at any situation. We at NEADS are very much committed to work for protection of children at any level. He appealed everyone concerned about child to dial 1098, the toll free number to access the services. Also added that Childline not only respond to the emergency needs of children but also link them to ensure services for their long-term care and rehabilitation for their living of a dignified life.