“Childline”, a “round the clock” children’s helpline is now active in Jammu and Kashmir. The service can be used by child labourers working in organized and unorganized sectors, kids who need emotional guidance, missing children, runaway kids, children affected by disasters and children who are victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse in schools.
Childline India Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that operates a telephone helpline called Childline for kids in distress and is supported by Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
As per a local news agency, GNS, the project coordinator Childline has said the initiative was similar to the 911 service of USA. “What started as a simple helpline for street kids to call when in trouble in Delhi is now expanded to 150 plus locations across the country including the far south Andaman & Nicobar Islands.”
He said the venture not only provides emergency response but also digs deep into the problem to ensure long-term safety for the child.
Childline was started in 1996 and it has now grown into a national child protection service. It operates in 30 states and union territories, 291 cities and receives 4 million calls per year across India.