Strict laws to be enforced against child abuse : Dr. Fernandopulle
The country requires an organized program to prevent child abuse and other such malpractices and to enforce the law beyond just protesting against such incidents, State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle said.
Issuing a statement, the Minister said that the law should be enforced expeditiously against the perpetrators irrespective of their social status. She said this while expressing her condolences over the 16-year-old girl who died after sustaining severe burn injuries while serving as a domestic aide at the private residence of SJB MP Bathiudeen.
Child abuse and harassment cases have been reported in the past and continue to happen even now. The Minister emphasised that rather than protesting over such cases, it is important to take measures to prevent such incidents from occurring while making sure that the perpetrators are brought to task by the police and judiciary.
The Minister added that child abuse and slavery create an environment in which children are unable to reach their full developmental potential and can be subjected to long-term physical and mental disabilities.
"It is inevitable that a situation will once again be created where the abused children may continue to be abusers once they become adults thus continuing the vicious cycle of child abuse," she said.
She mentioned that as opposed to the growing social perception that women MPs should be the first to oppose the abuse of girls and the harassment of women and children, the entire society should come forward to safeguard them.
"Child abuse, violence against women show the deterioration of the values in society and gender inequality hence, it is important that not only women but all work together to avoid such situations."
She believes that the execution of justice expeditiously to the deceased 16-year-old would lead to the protection of more daughters from such harassments in future.