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7,418 cases of child abuse in 2012

2013 Nov 28

by Niranjala Ariyawansha



Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs, Tissa Karaliyadda, said 7,418 children were abused in 2012, and 1,174 of the cases were reported from the Colombo District. Of the 7,418 incidents of reported child abuse, 3,800 were punishable under the Penal Code and 313 cases were related to child labour.



Children in need of security and protection numbered at 1,054 while 944 children who should be atending school had been deprived of doing so. The number of children who had been subject to domestic violence was 1,307.



The number of incidents of child abuse reported from 2009 to 2012 is a staggering 18,777.



Speaking to Ceylon Today, the minister said, "We can see a daily increase of child abuse. In my view, we should punish the offenders, severely. If the existing laws are not stringent enough, we must enact new laws and bring the offenders to book. That would be the only way to safeguard our younger generation from this miserable scourge." He added he would take measures to punish the offenders through legal means, and reiterated the importance of parents keeping a watchful eye on their children. In 2012, 322 boys who were abused had their mothers working as house maids overseas.


Another 35 abused boys had their fathers abroad. In the same year, 269 cases involving girls had their mothers working in foreign countries, and in 28 other cases, their fathers had migrated. The minister said the ministry was in the process of taking measures to prohibit mothers with children less than five years of age going overseas for employment.

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