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Child abuse case increase causes concern

November 6, 2012 6:02 pm

An increase in child abuse cases relating mainly to corporal punishment in schools, has prompted concerns from Save the Children Fiji.

Chief Executive – Chandra Shekar has confirmed dealing with numerous reports of children receiving corporal punishment in schools.

“It’s happening in schools, even though corporal punishment is banned. Also children are treated unfairly and punished by parents and also the community people do the same.”

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Shekhar says beating children is not the answer. The best solution however in dealing with children is counseling.

“Many at time it may depend on counseling we will be able to sit with the children and talk to them and show what are the problems that can arise later on with the type of behavior that they are getting used to. We should also set role models where children are very good at imitating adults and when they see adults behaving in a manner then they copy.”

Shekhar is urging students to report any matter associated with child abuse whether it’s physical or verbal.

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