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Child Abuse On The Rise Since School Closure

Child Abuse On The Rise Since School Closure.
There has been an increasing number of cases of child abuse being reported at the Children’s Department offices on a daily basis since schools were closed for the holidays.
In Kericho County, Ms Jane Rono the Assistant Director of Children’s Services, says that parents are venting their rage on their children instead of being tolerant and offering guidance and counselling to them during the holiday season.
She noticed that the majority of cases reported to her office involved children who had been subjected to terror by their parents over minor issues that could be resolved amicably at home.
“Just recently, a man suspected of maiming his two children was brought to my office together with the children who were bleeding and in lots of pain. To my surprise, I learn the only mistake the children had done was to spoil their dad’s radio set,” said Ms Rono
Rono also urged other relevant authorities, such as the police, to remain vigilant and take action against such child abusers.
“The worst thing about these abuses is that the closest family members are on the forefront in executing the abuses against young children between the ages 5 and 15, especially in Sosiot and Sondu areas within Kericho County,” said Rono.
She described the situation as upsetting and unfortunate, adding that parents should be protectors, not abusers, of their children.
Simultaneously, the County Assistant Director of Children’s Services has expressed her concern about the growing number of handicapped children who are abandoned on the streets to beg by their caregivers.
She regretted that the growing number of disabled child beggars has now become the norm rather than the exception in most parts of Kericho town, with their families abandoning them in the streets in the morning to beg from strangers all day, and retrieving them at dusk, exposing the children to hostile weather, stranger abuse, and even the risk of abduction.
“At times when it rains the children are still left on the streets to be rained on. And they go without food in most cases,” Rono said.
Rono urged the Kericho County government to increase efforts to rescue begging children from the streets and return them to their families, noting that the majority of them could be foreigners from neighboring Tanzania.
Sections 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the Children’s Act outline children’s rights, which include the right to parental care, education, religious education, and healthcare.
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According to Section 10 of the Act, “every child shall be protected from economic exploitation” and “any work that is likely to be hazardous.”
This protection, according to the constitution, extends to all forms of work that are likely to “interfere with the child’s education,” as well as work that is “harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development,” she says.
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