NCPA receives 1,532 complaints of child abuse within two months

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) yesterday said it had received 1,532 complaints of child abuse during the first two months of this year.

NCPA Chairman, Lawyer, Marini De Livera said the complaints were of physical, mental, sexual and of gross negligence of children. Amongst them were 364 complaints of mental and physical cruelty to children.

Livera said 241 complaints were of failure to provide compulsory education to children and 95 related to negligence. Sixty one cases were about child abuse and 56 cases about child labour. There were 58 reports of sexual harassment of children. There had also been 50 cases of rape, she said.

The NCPA Chairman said a majority of cases had been reported from Gampaha, Colombo, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, and Puttalam. Incidents had also been recorded from Jaffna, Mannar, Mulaitivu, Batticaloa and Kilinochchi.

She said all complaints during the past two months had been lodged via the NCPA hotline 1929. The Authority’s Special Police Desk would coordinate with the relevant police stations countrywide to investigate those complaints, she added.

Livera said some complaints had been submitted to the Ministry of Labour for further investigations.

Last year 2,144 cases of cruelty to children, 1,324 cases of failure to provide them with compulsory education, 501 cases of sexual harassment, 390 cases of neglect, 340 cases of rape and 269 cases of child labour were published on the NCPA website.

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