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Last update date: 2021-04-21 10:26
The 5-year-old girl was repeatedly abused by her father and stepmother, and eventually passed away in a coma at home.
Three years after the case, the father and stepmother were sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Huang Cuiling, Director-General of the Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, said today (21st) that this case is very serious and it is also a heartbreaking child abuse incident.
She believes that many child abuse incidents are hidden in the community and there is no social welfare agency to follow up, reflecting the insufficient binding force of the current child protection guidelines, so she supports the authorities to establish a mandatory notification mechanism for suspected child abuse cases, so that professionals who contact children, such as teachers Co-workers with social welfare agencies, etc., do not hesitate to report when you encounter suspected child abuse cases.
Huang also pointed out that at present, corporal punishment on the grounds of discipline is still common among parents in Hong Kong. He believes that a comprehensive legislation prohibiting corporal punishment should be implemented.
Huang Cuiling stated on the Hong Kong and Taiwan program "Millenniums" today that the torture of a 5-year-old girl reflects the insufficiency of policies and legal mechanisms at all levels.
The current reporting mechanism for child abuse cases is voluntary. The relevant guidelines for child protection mention the handling steps for suspected child abuse cases, but incidents of similar circumstances and even deaths are still seen from time to time.
She believes that many cases of child abuse hide the community, but in fact, some people noticed in the process, but under the current voluntary notification mechanism, there was hesitation in reporting.
Huang Cuiling emphasized the importance of the roles and responsibilities of people around children, such as teachers and co-workers in charge of extracurricular activities.
If they see a child's body with injuries and the behavior is not the same as before, they can talk to the child. If they find any child abuse, they should report it immediately.
However, Huang believes that the guidelines existed before the 5-year-old girl was tortured and killed, but child abuse incidents occurred from time to time, reflecting the lack of binding force: "Always the guideline is the guideline, the law is the law", so she supports legislation to establish mandatory notification of suspected child abuse The mechanism of the case.
Children's rights have attracted much attention in recent years.
(Photo/Photo by Zheng Zifeng)
I was asked if a mandatory notification mechanism is set up, will it cause tension between home and school?
Huang Cuiling said that the mandatory mechanism will be implemented immediately unless it is launched. It is understood that the government plans to conduct consultation first to absorb opinions from all walks of life, including the voices of children.
She also emphasized that community publicity and education are also very important, and every adult has the responsibility to protect children.
Huang Cuiling also pointed out that corporal punishment on the grounds of discipline is still common among parents in Hong Kong. She believes that she is "sticky" and advocates comprehensive legislation to prohibit corporal punishment.
She emphasized that light corporal punishment begins, and it may gradually become violent over time, which has a negative impact on the growth of children, and even becomes an abuser when they grow up.
Was asked whether "slapstick" should be banned?
Huang believes that "trivial matters don't care about it, and escalation can lead to major incidents and even fatal cases."
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