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Eradicate child labour
The Hindu
If the public found any such cases, they could contact the toll free telephone number 1098 and pass on the information for immediate action, said Mr. Venkatachalam and asked parents not to send their children to work in hotels, tea shops and mechanic shops.

Laws against child labour lacking teeth, says official
The Hindu
Children facing domestic troubles, family conflicts, sexual abuse, violence, emotional disturbance and relationship problems may call up ChildLine's toll free number 1098. The public may also alert ChildLine about child labour, child beggary, child abuse and missing children.District Labour Officer (Enforcement) E.K. Shamsuddhin, ChildLine director Fr. Pauly Neelankavil and others spoke.

Efforts to eradicate child labour to continue
The Hindu
As for domestic labour, CHILDLINE Coimbatore said it had not received complaints of children being employed as domestic help over the last few months.Officials, however, said that this did not mean that there were no cases of domestic labour. But people might not be aware that such cases could be referred to CHILDLINE (on toll free phone number 1098) or the Child Welfare Committee to enable such children get education.

District yet to be free of child labour
The Hindu
Though the efforts of the police, CHILDLINE and volunteers have brought many cases of child labour in private companies to light, they have not been successful in tracking the number of children employed as domestic help in houses. An FIR can be filed against an employer if a child employee is medically proved to be below 18 years.

Wall poster released
The Hindu
A wall poster was released by Prof. K. Sreerama Murthy, Principal, College of Arts and Commerce, Andhra University on Tuesday on the occasion of International Anti-Child Labour Day. Prof. R.D. Sampath Kumar of Andhra University, S. Balaraju, CEO of Nature and member of Child Welfare Committee, Narava Prakash Rao of Bala Vikas Foundation, Prof. A.B.S.V. Ranga Rao, head and coordinator, Childline and others attended and called for awareness on child rights.

Steep hike in child labourers
Nagaland Post
Community Educational Centre Society (CECS) observed 'World day against child labour' on June 12 at the Community Education Centre School premises. According to a survey conducted by CECS, supported by labour department in 2011 and 2012 there are 2898 child labourers engaged in commercial sectors in Dimapur itself. Project Director CECS, Subonenba Longkumer highlighted on the significance of 'World day against child labour' where attention were paid on rights of all children to be protected from child labour and from other violations of fundamental human rights.

Parents remain obstacles to eradicating child labour
The Hindu
With greater support and cooperation from other government departments and members of the civil society, more number of children could be rescued from child labour and brought to the mainstream, according to volunteers of Childline. Interacting with students of a government-aided higher secondary school in East Tambaram on Thursday to create awareness as part of the National Anti-Child Labour Day, observed on Tuesday, the volunteers said that owing to stiff opposition from parents and other sections of society, volunteers and representatives from non-governmental organisations were unable to rescue several children engaged in child labour.

Activists urge stronger efforts against child labour
The Hindu
With the beginning of the new academic year, there had been a sudden but marginal increase in the number of children running away from their homes, say activists. With greater support from government departments and civil society, more children can be rescued from child labour, said volunteers of Childline

Oath against child labour
The Hindu
International Day against child labour was jointly observed in the city on Tuesday by ISRD-Childline, Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) and Ganjam district legal service authority at Municipal conference hall. On the occasion over 100 social activists who attended the meeting took oath never to eat in restaurants and hotels that use child labour.

Ahmedabad cops blow trumpet against child labour at Vastrapur Lake
An awareness programme, including a skit, some music, and a parade by the police band was held at Vastrapur Lake by Save the Children and other NGOs on Tuesday evening.The event was a collaborative effort of Save the Children, Childline, Ahmedabad City Police and District Child Protection Unit.

World Anti-Child Labour Day Observed
On a day that is celebrated globally as Anti-Child Labour Day, the Child Line members in Trivandrum travelled around to spread awareness on the rights of children. The Child Line branch of Trivandrum, Don Bosco Society, Social Welfare Department and Labour Department organised a one day signature campaign focusing on the rural areas of Trivandrum, to address the issues related to child labour and exploitation of children.

Several programmes organised in Varanasi to mark World Day Against Child Labour
Times of India
A series of programmes were organised in the city to mark the World Day Against Child Labour .The labour department, in association with Child Line and District Legal Service Authority, organised a seminar at Asmita Child Line in Sigra. Addressing the seminar, director of Gandhi Adhyayan Peeth, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Ram Prakash Dwivedi stressed on the abolition of child labour from the society.

Citizens pledge their support against child labour Times of India COIMBATORE:The day was packed with events as varied as pledges and rallies meant to sensitize citizens against child labour held across the city. Childline, an organisation involved in several initiatives for children, organised a few programmes to mark the day. S Uma Devi, co-ordinator of Childline in Coimbatore, said they administered pledge in a school and at a public square. One of the events was at a high school in JJ Nagar, where several children, who used to be deployed as child labour, study.

School students make film on plight of child workers
Times of India
A group of 25 Class V students of a city school reacted to this growing social issue in a different way. The students released the film on Tuesday on social media sites and forwarded a copy to the Child Line India Foundation. Dilip Vasu, principal, Choithram International School, said, "As a corporate social responsibility, we have asked all our students to report incidence of child labour to help line number 1098.

'Child labour should be eradicated without delay'
IBN Live
P Rajavelu, Welfare Minister urged NGOs, government agencies and volunteers with social outlook to ensure early eradication of child labour through their unmitigated and sustained initiatives. Kickstarting a children's rally and a mobile propaganda on the occasion of celebration of 'World Day against Child Labour' here, he said the International Labour Organisation had launched the Day in 2002 so that young children could be protected against the menace. The rally and mobile propaganda were organized by Puducherry based Multi Purpose Social Service Society and also NGO Child line organisation.

Childhood in dispute
New Indian Express
"Child labour is a challenge against children's rights and a barrier to development. But in the majority of cases, the difference in various Acts on the definition of child will come for the rescue of those who employ the children. So we are constantly demanding that JJ Act should be considered for taking action in these cases," said Childline (Ernakulam) co-director M P Antony.He, however, said the joint effort of police and organisations like Childline has helped to bring down the rate of child labour in the city.

Appeal against child labour
The Hindu
Childline, Kochi, has pointed out that only a few cases have been registered according to the Juvenile Justice Act on incidents of child labour reported by the organisation between April last year and March 2012. Childline authorities said here in a release that they had received 23 phone calls at the helpline number '1098' in the last one year but legal steps were taken only in a very few cases. They requested the public not to support those involved in promoting child labour in the country.

World Child Labour Day: Coimbatore to take pledge not to employ kids
Times of India
As June 12 happens to be World Against Child Labour Day, S Uma Devi, co-ordinator of Coimbatore Childline at Ukkadam, will hold a pledge for children at a school in the outskirts of the city.The Childline has rescued children who are displaced, orphaned or run away from home.

Average child labourer in state higher than national figure
Times of India
Madhu, a 12-year-old girl of Dumka, was taken away from home by one "Usha Madam" promising her parents to take care of her and provide her with a good life and proper education if the girl helped her in her household chores.But after a few days, Usha Madam started beating up Madhu for every small mistake. One day when Madhu could not tolerate it anymore she ran away and was found by Childline Ranchi.

Award to Childline
The Hindu
Childline India Foundation, which runs the helpline 1098, will receive a special award for its work on eradication of child labour, by the Department of Labour, Karnataka. It will receive the award at the World Day Against Child Labour function at Bangalore on Tuesday.

Nearly 15% of India's child labour in UP
Times of India
State labour (welfare) commissioner, Harsharan Das who was present on the occasion, stated that these extraordinary people who hail from humble backgrounds are an inspiration to all. "They have played a big role to help children who lose their childhood to responsibilities," he said. Secretary basic education, Sunil Kumar added that reiterated government's commitment to eliminate child labour from society. However, he opined that governments and systems alone cannot kill a social evil. "Every individual should think sensitively and sensibly. The least one can do is report the matter to childline if they come across a case of child labour," said the officer. So, dial 1098 to rescue a child labour!

In ten days, govt survey finds only 2 child labourers
Hindustan Times
According child rights activists, the entire drive is a sham. "This is nothing but an eyewash," said Rishi Kant of the NGO Shakti Vahini which runs a child helpline (1098 toll free number to report cases of child abuse) in Gurgaon.

Giving childhood a second chance
Post Noon
We see all of this in our daily lives and have gotten immune to it. Nobody reacts to these atrocitites, we just turn a blind eye. However, most of us are not even aware that we can help rescue these children by calling the child line 1098. This child line is a 24 hour free emergency service for children in need of care and protection. It is a project undertaken by the ministry of women and child development in partnership with the State government, NGOs, academic institutions, UNICEF and corporates. All we need to do is report the abuse when we see it.