KOZHIKODE: Students from various schools in the district shared their concerns regarding child labour around the globe on a stretched canvas erected at Focus Mall in Kozhikode on Sunday as part of International anti-Child Labour Day. As many as 20 children from government Children's Home and Freebirds, Vellimadukunnu painted their concern regarding child labour, on the white canvas.
Artist Paul Kallanode inaugurated the event titled 'Open Canvas'. Shoppers and onlookers also joined students to paint on the canvas. Child Protection officer Sheeba Mumthas said public should be more aware about a situation where children are forcefully taken work in homes, hotels and other places.
"If you notice child labour, you can immediately contact the Child Line number, Crimestopper, District Child Protection unit or local police stations," she said. Childline can be reached at 1098, Crimestopper at 1091 and District Child Protection unit at 0494 2378920. Ms Sheeba reminded an incident last month, where five children, involved in child labour in Kannur were rescued.
The 'Open Canvas' was organised under the aegis of Childline, Kozhikode. The event was also attended by Kerala State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Babu Narikkuni, Juvenile police SI Muraleedharan, District Labour officer (general) Bibin Lal, District Labour officer (enforcement) Rajeev, Focus Mall manager Muraleedhharan, Childline coordinators Muhammedali and Sulaiman P.P.