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NA leader hits out at child abuse

Update: February, 16/2012 - 10:11

HA NOI — The National Assembly should work closely with Government agencies to better fulfil the vitally important task of providing protection, care and education for children, said its chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.

Speaking at a Government hearing at the National Assembly's Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children in Ha Noi yesterday, the top legislative leader said that despite much efforts, child abuse and trafficking were still increasingly serious concerns in Viet Nam as they continued to happen in many localities around the country.

"Over the last three years alone, some 1,000 cases of child abuse were reported annually," he said.

During the hearing, the committee's deputy chairwoman Ngo Thi Minh gave a summary of the report on its monitoring activities of relevant policies and laws related to child protection during the period 2008-10.

She said observations showed that child abuse in Viet Nam continued in an upward trend and what was more disturbing was it occurred not only in public places as before, but also at home, schools and child care centres which were supposed to be safe for children in the first place.

Minh noted that perpetrators of child abuse came from wider range of backgrounds, nationalitoes and ages. They could be the child's relatives, teachers or friends, provoking indignation among the public.

Statistics showed that from 2008 to 2010, the police had prosecuted some 3,400 cases related to child abuse.


Man taken in for brutality against adopted child

Quang Ngai — Police in central Quang Ngai Province have arrested a 53-year-old man for violently assaulting his nine-year-old adopted daughter and are investigating if his wife too was involved in the alleged brutality.

Officers in Nghia Hanh District took in Nguyen Mui on Tuesday after admitting Nguyen Thuc Phi in a local hospital with facial injuries and bruises all over her body three days earlier.

They had been called in by neighbours who said Mui and his wife hit the child with an electric wire.

Mui told the police he had smacked Phi twice since she stole VND20,000 from his wife.

After being smacked, she ran and fell face down on the floor, resulting in the bruises on her face, he claimed.

Phi's face is severely lacerated in the lips and around the eyes.

She needed one more week to recover, Pham Tan Sinh, head of the Quang Ngai General Hospital's Odonto–Maxillo-Facial ward, said.

The girl remained in a terrified state, bursting into loud wails when confronted by strangers, he said. —VNS

Participants at the hearing expressed their concern at the limited efficiency of the management role of relevant State agencies as there were no clear divisions of responsibility during implementation.

They also pointed out the child care service system was very much rudimentary, while activities to raise awareness on child abuse proved ineffective.

At the same time, the resources available fell short of what was really needed for child protection. Some localities failed to invest properly in building playgrounds for children.

The compilation of this report was based on the committee's visits to six localities as well as the reports prepared by the People's Councils of 46 cities and provinces.

The Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children asked relevant ministries to review and suggest amendment to relevant legal documentation and guidelines for better implementation work in child protection.

This is the first time a Government hearing had been held at a National Assembly's committee. — VNS

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