1098 Is Not A Helpline To Pick Up Leftovers: Viral Hoax Revived

1098 is in fact a helpline for street children in distress created by the CHILDLINE India Foundation.

Claim

"Good News In india: As announced by PM Modi-If you have a function/party at your home and when you see lots of food may get wasted, Pls don't hesitate to call 1098 (ANYWHERE IN INDIA ONLY) - child help line.They will come and collect the food...Please circulate this message which can help feed many children. PLEASE DONT BREAK THIS CHAIN," "Helping hands are better than Praying Lips" Please😊😊 Copy n paste takes only few seconds....😊😊

Fact

1098 is a 24- hour emergency helpline for street children in distress created by the CHILDLINE India Foundation. The same message has been viral since 2017. It was viral to such an extent that Childline India had put up a notice on its homepage saying the message was not true. BOOM had previously fact checked the same claim in April 2017.

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