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Stern action to check child abuse - Minister

Measures have been taken to curb child abuse effectively, said Child Development and Women’s Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadde.

He said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had directed that severe action should be taken against child and women harassment when he addressed the ministry’s progress review, meeting recently. Children’s homes will be supervised daily by two committees chaired by Divisional Secretaries and a senior member of civil society in the area. Children’s homes which do not have adequate facilities and also suspected of child abuse are being identified so that corrective measures could be taken, he said.

He said that complaints on child abuse could be made via telephone No. 1929 which is a 24 hour service. Women harassment could also be informed on 1929, he said.

Probation and Childcare Commissioner Sarath Abeyagunawardene said that a system has been installed at regional level to supervise children’s homes which are mostly run by Non-Governmental organisations. The Regional Child Development Committee would be chaired by the Divisional Secretary.

The other committee will be headed by a prominent person of the civil society in the area.

Religious leaders, school principals and teachers and office-bearers of social welfare societies, representatives of children’s clubs of the area will be other members of the committees, he said.

He said there are over 16,000 orphans in about 400 children’s homes islandwide. Children’s homes run by the government and Provincial Councils are exclusively for children handed over by the Childcare and Probation Department on court orders. There are around 4.5 million children in the island, he said.



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