Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-17 17:24 Mysuru: A programme was held to mark the International Child Helpline Day celebration, where experts spoke about issues such as human trafficking, child abuse, child labour and many unlawful practices violating child rights.Hundreds of children from various slums in the city took part in the event organised by Rural Literacy and Health Program under the aegis of department of women and children.Children were made aware of the services provided under child helpline service (1098), a toll free number for availing round the clock service. A cycle rally was also flagged off by police commissioner B Dayananda.Child welfare committee president Sheila Khare explained how the so-called civilised people were taking advantage of the innocence of children. She argued that adults were under the wrong impression that children are unable to understand the abuses perpetrated against them. In fact children are smart enough to understand abuse against them but their helplessness makes them to remain silent, she said.Speaking at the event, Radha, deputy director, women and child welfare department, said elders had to pay attention to what children say. If anyone finds children being neglected by parents, they should inform the child helpline at once, she said, adding that parents didn’t have rights to ignore children. In case a child commits any wrong, he or she should be counselled in an observation centre (remand home) and not subjected to punishment, she said.