By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 10: Bringing awareness on child labour on June 12, the World Day against Labour, alone is childish. Rigorous awareness drive is the need of the hour to put an end to the mece.
Childline, a programme under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, however, is on the job round the clock. Children are found to work as labourers, also as domestic labourers. They are found working in factories, small trading houses, stalls and even households. Such underprivileged children, according Childline Guwahati coorditor Nirmal Deka, are even rescued from the houses of politicians and top-level officers.
According to Phukan, any NGO, officials, police personnel or persons rescuing children have to hand them over to their respective District Child Welfare Committee in accordance with the Juvenile Justice Act. The child is rehabilitated in accordance with its needs.
According to statistics made available to us by Childline Guwahati, from February 10, 2001 to March 2016 it restored 1,569 children to their parents during which as many as 1,079 children went missing. Childline gave shelter to 989 children during the period, besides rescuing 1,756 children. It also reported that as many as ten children died in hospital from March 2016 from February 10, 2001.
From April 2016 to March 2017, Childline Guwahati could restore 199 children. As many as 54 children went missing during the period when it could give shelter to as many as 81 children. As many as 351 children could be rescued during the year, besides providing medical treatment to four children.