Family Services: 1,820 Women, Child Abuse Cases in 3 Months

تم نشره في Tue 11 April / Apr 2017. 12:00 AM
  • An expressive of a father exacting corporal punishment against his child - (Ehsan Hilmi)

AMMAN —AlGhad— The Jordanian Department for Family Protection (FPD) confirmed during a forum on child protection, held by the National Council on Family Affairs and the UNICEF, Tuesday, that the department has handled no less than 1,820 documented cases of abuse and violence against women and children since the beginning of the year, 2017.

Last year alone, the Department handled 8,800 documented cases, all involving either women or children falling under abuse.

The forum also confirmed that at least 89 per cent of Jordan’s child population are subject to at least one or two forms of physical or corporal punishment, at least 20 per cent of them have been violently abused.

On that matter, Article 62 of the Penal Code in Jordan, maintains the parents’ right induce physical punishment against their own children, which contradicts with the UNCIF’s commandments on child protection.

The Minister of Health, Dr Mahmoud Shayab, who attended the forum, reiterated that the Ministry has 22 Family Protection offices at 16 hospitals and 6 medical centres across the Kingdom, soon to expand the coverage.

The forum reiterated the need to arrive at a new legislation which prioritises child protection.