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WCD Ministry expands ChildLine to 435 locations, key railway stations

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

On the occasion of World Day Against today, the said it had expanded -- the nationwide emergency helpline for children in distress -- to 435 locations and key railway stations, calling it a contributing factor towards curbing the menace of

It said received 1.8 crore calls every year since 2014.

"We have expanded to 435 locations and key railway stations, it's a great contributing factor in curbing child labour," the Ministry tweeted.

The ministry also urged people to join its movement against

"Child labour is an offence. Period. Join our movement and pledge #iStandAgainstChildLabour," the ministry said.

Women and also urged people to be part of the ministry's campaign against child labour.

"Let's put an end to this social evil. Be a part of @MinistryWCD's campaign," she said in a tweet.

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi also promoted the initiative of the ministry.

"Take the pledge. #iStandAgainstChildLabour," Satyarthi tweeted.

World Day Against Child Labour was first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour.

According to a UNICEF study, in 2011 child labour constituted for 13 per cent of the workforce in at 10.2 million.

"India's 2011 census showed that there were more than 10.2 million economically active children in the age group of five to 14 years 5.6 million boys and 4.5 million girls Eight million children were working in rural areas, and 2 million in urban areas," the UNICEF report said.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 18:05 IST