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BANGALORE, March 20, 2013
Childline posters released to help runaways
The posters offer tips to stakeholders on action to be taken
FIRST STEPS:Vasudev Sharma of Childline interacting with Joint Commissioner of Crime Pronab Mohanty at a function to release posters regarding child welfare in Bangalore on Tuesday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Children are the most vulnerable sections of society, particularly runaways. To streamline tracing, caretaking and rehabilitating them, the police released posters regarding child welfare to be put up across police stations in the city.
Joint Commissioner of Crime Pronab Mohanty, who released the posters on Tuesday, said the idea was to emphasise the crucial role of the childline.
Fr. George, executive director of BOSCO, said the NGO, which works with runaways, is constantly interacting with various departments such as the Police, Women and Child Welfare as well as and Labour. “We are aiming at a single window system where we are looking at a convergence of all units. Instead of independent pockets working towards the child welfare, a combined effort would help achieve better results.”
These posters display tips and pointers for steps to be undertaken with respect to various problems that may be encountered with abandoned or runaway children. Pointers have been displayed on issues such as child marriage, harassment, beggary, illegal adoption and also instructions on whom to contact once a child is rescued.
“There are many transfers even within the police department and so this programme also helps introduce officers to these initiatives and helps them develop a more child-friendly approach to address these issues as well,” said Fr. George. The initiative was to take proactive steps in the matter and added that they planned to specially focus on the railways where most of the children are found alone on the platforms. “We need a lot of cooperation and support from the railway authorities to help rescue these children,” he said.
It may be recalled here that following a writ petition (Civil 5365 of 2012), the Delhi High Court on February 13, 2013 directed the Railway Ministry to provide protection to children found on trains and railway platforms to help ensure their safety.