Child abuse cases exceed 1,000 - CPA
by Ananda KANNANGARA
A record 1014 child abuse cases were reported during the first ten months of this year, the Child Protection Authority (CPA) said yesterday.
According to CPA statistics 394 child rights violations and 620 child abuse cases were reported during this period.
Senior, CPA official, Dimuthu Galappatti told the Sunday observer that although the CPA had taken precautionary measures including awareness programs to eliminate child abuse, it is reported that a large number of underage children employed as domestic workers have become victims.
"Although the Government spends a large sum of money every year to reduce the number of child abuse cases which has sharply increased in the recent past, children under the custody of elders are being abused," he said.
It is reported that influential persons find loopholes in the law to violate right of children.
He also said that authorities must take action against offenders without considering their status in society.