29 May '11, 1am

Divorce causing more child abuse - AsiaOne #divorce #news

Divorce causing more child abuse - AsiaOne #divorce #news

KUALA LUMPUR: Divorce has been identified as one of the leading causes for the increasing number of child abuse cases in the country. Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie said children often became the victims of abuse and neglect when their parents were stressed by messy divorce battles. She said 2,961 cases of child abuse were reported to the ministry last year compared to 2,789 in 2009. "The higher divorce rate among Muslim couples is also worrying," she said after launching The ChilĀ­dren's Forum here yesterday. Heng said there were 27,116 divorces involving Muslim couples in 2009 compared to 22,289 in 2008. At another event in Petaling Jaya, Heng urged children to make an effort to visit their aged parents. "We should treasure our parents and the elderly while we still can. Let us make it a point to visit them now so we do not e...

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