SAARC Nations to Set-up Toll-Free Child Helpline Services
On May 11, SAARC nations agreed to set up a child helpline in the respective region.
India also offered support to South Asian countries in expanding and upgrading their child helpline services to end trafficking and violence against children.
As many of our problems are interdependent, such as that of trafficking, mutual learning and initiative would result in saving thousands of lives," Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said in meeting.
We are requesting the South Asian countries to expand their child line services. We are ready to provide help. We are trying to get them on board…They will have to put their technologies in and involve efficient NGOs," the minister said.
We have agreed on a timeline- bound goals. Because we all suffer from child trafficking and therefore, we have the same problems from Afghanistan to Bangladesh. So we will now have time-bound goals for the first time, Gandhi said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was the chief guest at the event, said SAARC countries should work together to improve the condition of children and resolve to achieve safety and protection for them.
Child line is one of the successes of the world. Last month we got 11 lakh calls from children. We can check it on real times basis. Yesterday, 40,000 children called in a single day," Maneka Gandhi said.