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Delegation from Maldives visits Salem Child Line centre

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To study issues relating to abandoned and abused children



STUDY TOUR: Police Commissioner K. Gopalakrishnan and Programme Officer of Child Line International in Europe Leen Decadt (second from left) and her team visiting the Child Line centre in Salem on Monday. - Photo: P. Goutham

SALEM: Child is defenceless and hence needs to be protected. And Child Line in Salem in coordination with law enforcing agencies and district administration is taking efforts to preserve the rights of children in this part of the State.

This message, being underscored at the interactive session here on Monday with the senior police officials, was also shared with the members of a delegation from Maldives, who had come to `study and understand' the functioning and experiences of the Salem Child Line, which has a good track record of rescuing and rehabilitating the abandoned children.

Led by Leen Decadt, Programme Officer of Child Helpline International, a five-member team from Maldives, including officers from its Ministry of Gender and Family, would stay in the city for four days from Monday and get `sensitised' on the issues especially related to abandoned and abused children and the rehabilitation.

The Ministry's Project Officer, Munzir Ismail, said that child trafficking in his island nation was not alarming. But child abuse was a serious issue of concern. Ms. Leen pointed out that children needed to be protected, as they were the future of any country. Initiating the interaction Police Commissioner K. Gopalakrishnan said that Tamil Nadu police had been doing wonderful job in the area of child protection, launching sustained action against child and women traffickers. The nexus between gangsters and brokers had been broken and the city was free from such evils today, he said.

The Commissioner also assured all assistance to the Child Line functionaries and its nodal organisations of YWCA and Don Bosco Anbu Illam. The Maldives delegation, included Zeenath Shakir, Aishadh Shoojah, Nazeeb, and Fazna Iyasha. Later Police commissioner formed the anti-trafficking committee. The delegation attended the City Advisory Board meeting chaired by Collector N. Mathivanan.

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