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The Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Chil­dren of­fi­cially launched the toll-free Woman and Child Helpline 1098 to strengthen care and pro­tec­tion ser­vices for women and chil­dren, and other vul­ner­a­ble groups co­in­cid­ing with the In­ter­na­tional Day of Girl Child on Thurs­day

The helpline will be at­tend­ing to calls 24×7 from women, chil­dren and even men who are in need of care and pro­tec­tion.

The toll-free helpline was in op­er­a­tion for the past three months since its pi­lot launch in July this year. So far, the com­mis­sion has at­tended to over 57 calls and 185 voice mes­sages. The com­mis­sion set up this helpline fol­low­ing a meet­ing in 2016 among the SAARC coun­tries that agreed to set up a uni­form child helpline in the re­gion.

The mem­bers also agreed to use a com­mon toll-free num­ber 1098 through­out the re­gion.

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