A stop to child abuse: Authorities join hands

A stop to child abuse: Authorities join hands

A stop to child abuse: Authorities join hands

Written by Tharushan Fernando

17 Jun, 2015 | 7:31 pm

A programme was launched on Wednesday to bring together all sections of society in order to condemn child abuse. The programme is the brainchild of the National Child Protection Authority and will be implemented under the theme A stop to child abuse.

Chairman of the National Movement for a Just Society and Chief Incumbent of the Sri Naga Viharaya in Kotte, Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero attended the inauguration of this programme.

The venerable thero pointed out that some mothers go abroad leaving their children behind; and there are instances when both parents are employed. Anger between spouses can also be a reason for this. He further added that children are engaged in tuition classes throughout the whole day and there are spas and massage parlours located all over the country as well as places that rent out rooms.
He noted that Facebook is also a reason for  children to be drawn to such things. He stated that child abuse increases on a daily basis and due to fathers being addicted to alcohol and drugs which may turn them into ‘monsters’ thus making the innocent children fall victim to such dubious persons. Thus, he pointed out that the the law of the land also needs to be enforced.

He further noted that a big responsibilities lies with the Ministry of Education and if we do not band together and face this grave issue, the future of the children will be ‘dark.’

The State Minister of Children’s Affairs, Rosy Senanayake,who also attended the event stated that a national policy on child protection is being formulated in an “expedited manner.”

She stated that a number of abuses takes place through Facebook and other social media platforms and undue pressure is exerted on persons while some are intimidated on social media.

She further stated that sexual harassment also takes place and in order to rise against this, the National Child Protection Authority has created a Special Task Force, together with the Attorney General’s Department, the police and the Ministry of Justice – and they will also work together with the civil organisation in order to formulate a national policy on protecting  children.

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