The Nagaland state department of social welfare launched the project called ‘Cradle of Hope’ on Monday

Kohima: In a move to reduce risk and prevent child abandonment cases, the child protection services of the Nagaland department of social welfare launched a project called ‘Cradle of Hope’ on Monday. The project was launched by Noke Wangnao, advisor for social welfare, in Dimapur.

According to this project, 90 strategic locations such as hospitals, police stations, public healthcare centres, anganwadi centres and childcare institutions will be provided with cradles to ‘host’ abandoned infants and thereby save lives.

Speaking at the launch, Chubainla Jamir, director of child protection services of the state, said: “Anyone who wants to surrender their child can do so in anonymity and also in a responsible manner so that the children can be sent to loving homes.”

Jamir added that babies found abandoned in places such as drains, trash-bins and jungles are increasing due to unplanned pregnancies, poverty, alcohol and substance abuse, and ignorance on the part of the parents of alternative ways of surrendering their child legally.

She further stated that the 90 identified strategic locations will be linked with the district child protection units and child welfare committees, and under the observation of the child protection committees.

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