Protect the right to a ‘dignified childhood’

Protect the right to a ‘dignified childhood’

Childline 1098 launched in Kohima


Morung Express News
Kohima | June 23


“Child abuse starts from our own house. Every child has the right to live a dignified life. We cannot rob them of their childhood,” said Dellirose M Sakhrie, Secretary, Department of Social welfare during the launching of Childline 1098, Kohima on June 23 in Kohima. Most cases of child abuse involve domestic helpers who are trafficked from other states, noted Sakhrie while also pointing out the trend of Inter-district trafficking where the trafficked children mostly come from Eastern Nagaland.


CHILDLINE1098, a national 24 hour free phone emergency outreach service for children in need of care and protection is a project of the Ministry of Women & Child Development. It was launched in collaboration with the Nagaland Voluntary Health Association (NVHA).


Sakhrie pointed out that the problems children face in modern  society are complex and manifold in nature, involving health, education etc. “We have children who are in conflict and in contact with conflict. Many of these are kept in the closet for fear that it will mar the family or the clan,” mentioned Sakhrie, who also emphasized the need for the community as well as government officials working in such programs to be sensitive to the issues children face today.


Further stating that the government alone cannot tackle the situation, Sakhrie expressed the need for the participation of local bodies and said, “It is the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders, the community as a whole.”


Daisy Mezhür, President, NVHA while giving the introductory message posited on the support of people and not charity. Avik Mitra, Sr. Program Coordinator, CHILDINE India Foundation, Kolkata gave an introduction on CHILDLINE on its roles activities.


The Society Director, ICPS, Nagaland pointed out reasons why people in Naga society do not come forward and report cases. The Director said that one of the biggest reasons for this is the hesitant attitude of people who do not want to get directly involved and the ignorance of the people in approaching the right authority. “There are so many child related issues that is growing at an alarming rate,” stated the Director.


Subonenba Longkumer CHILDLINE Nodal officer, Dimapur (initiated in 2011) stated that the CHILDLINE Dimapur has received more than 6000 phone calls in three years. The helpline, he informed, took up 600 cases. “Many people say that there is no child related problems in Nagaland, that we don’t have child labour in Nagaland. But what is happening in Delhi, it is happening here in Nagaland. Lots of things are happening here. The only problem is we are not sensitive to the issue. We are not listening to the grievances. There is no heart at all to see children in need of us today,” stated Longkumer .


The program was graced by Dellirose M Sakhrie, Secretary, Department of Social welfare as the Chief Guest with Mezhi Sorhie, CHILDLINE collaborative organization Kohima. Special renditions were performed by Children of Kohima Orphanage Destitute Home and CHILDLINE Kohima. A prayer was invoked by Magdaline Ezung, Pastor, Faith Harvest Church, Kohima.


CHILDLINE 1098 is national 24 hour free phone emergency outreach service for children in need of care and protection linking them to services for long term care and rehabilitation. Any child or concerned adult on behalf of the child can dial 1098 to access emergency assistance. It functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. It is operational in 330 cities/districts in India.