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Ministries come together to curb child trafficking at railway stations


  • The railway and the women and child welfare development ministries have joined forces in a bid to rescue abducted and lost children and put an end to child trafficking.
  • It’s a mammoth task, given that the Indian Railways carries 23 million people every day and that there are more than 8,000 stations in the country.
  • Underlining the need to invoke public participation to battle this problem, the posters will contain information on how to spot a missing child and alert the railway authorities.
  • Help desks to facilitate the rescue of children will be set up in stations and the railways will provide 6×6 square feet for these kiosks.
  • Child Help Groups will be formed at 20 railway stations that have been “adopted” by the two ministries to rescue children.
  • A telephone facility to call child helpline 1098 at the station will be provided by ministry at the kiosks.
  • The railway staff has been directed to keep “unobtrusive surveillance” on children who may be travelling on their own or looking lost or groups of children accompanied by one or two people.

Source: ET

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