CHILDLINE Kohima observes CHILDLINE Se Dosti campaign

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Kohima, November 14: Along with the rest of the nation, CHILDLINE Kohima is observing CHILDLINE Se Dosti campaign from November 13 to 15 by creating awareness programme at various urban primary health centres and sub-health centres under Kohima district.
Speaking during the programme held here at the Dzüvürü/Porterlane Urban primary health centre in Kohima on Nov. 14, district coordinator of CHILDLINE, Neingutuonuo Kulnu said the campaign is a weeklong annual event that aimed at reaching out to people from different walks of life to help in finding abandoned children. It envisages in creating millions of Dost (friend and acquaint them with Child Rights and Protection), she said.
Over 500 cases of child abuse in four years were recorded by the CHLIDLINE Kohima, in which 80% of the abuses are domestic violence. She also gave a figure about the child missing cases starting from January this year. About 16 to 18 children abuse cases were reported while adding that most of the case goes unreported. Although some case is highlighted in the local media while some in the various court of law, there are a lot of cases that went unrecorded, she added.
She said that about five to ten missing case is reported every month. Interestingly, with holiday month ahead that is November and December, missing of children case is expected to reduce, as they go to their respective villages, she said.
The campaign also aimed at reaching old to young in educational institutions, railway stations, temples and churches, auto drivers, and markets creating awareness about 1098 aims as well as creating friends to strengthen the rights of children in India
During the programme, participants also took a pledge to lend a hand to CHILDLINE in helping children in distress and take action when necessary. They were also provided with flyers, business cards of CHILDLINE Kohima and a wrist band. The pledge reads DOSTI which stands for Dial 1098, for any help, my dost might need, object or opposed to any harm caused to my dost; Speak up against those who caused harm to my dost; Treat my dost with dignity, respect and love.
The CHILDLINE Kohima had on November 13 sensitised about the campaign at primary health centres in the Western Angami area.
CHILDLINE Kohima also conducted a sensitization program on health and hygiene with the children and other inmates of open shelter Spartan Society. Children were taught with basic things to stay clean, healthy food habits, and how to avoid minor sickness.
The highlight of the day’s programme was providing free service on haircut, pedicure, Manicure etc to the children in the home by the trainees of Entrepreneur Development Integrated Training Institution (EDITI) in collaboration with CLK. Followed by a painting competition. (Page News Service)