The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) of Sri Lanka says it has received over 8,500 complaints so far this year.
According to the officials, 8,548 child abuse cases have been reported to the National Child Protection Authority from the 1st of January 2017 to the 8th of December. Of them highest number of complaints -2,037 were received regarding violence inflicted on children.
The Authority has received 1298 complaints of depriving compulsory education to children.
The other complaints reported include 481 sexual molestation cases, 284 cases of serious sexual abuse and 322 rapes of minor girls under 18.
Neglect of a child under the Child and Youth Ordinance have been reported in 358 cases while 246 cases of child labor has been reported to the NCPA.
The highest number of complaints was received from the Colombo District with 1,232 complaints. Gampaha District followed with 925 complaints. Elsewhere, 550 complaints from Kalutara District, 647 from Galle, 564 from Kurunegala District, 490 from Ratnapura District, 177 from Jaffna District, 122 from Vavuniya District, 170 from Batticaloa District, 125 from Mullaitivu District and 117 from Kilinochchi District have been reported.
The National Child Protection Authority (NDA) says it maintains a special data base on the complaints received and the complaints are probed promptly.
When the complaints are reported to the National Child Protection Authority, they are first referred to its law enforcement unit and then to the relevant parties, including the Police, Department of Labor, and Ministry of Education.
The Chairperson of National Child Protection Authority Attorney Marini De Livera said the mechanism of probing the complaints received by the NCPA are supervised by her and the law enforcement unit of the NCPA.
Currently, the measures are being taken to strengthen the NCPA’s Special Police Unit, the Legal Division, the law enforcement branch and the Psychosocial Unit in order to expedite the investigations of child abuse cases and to provide immediate relief to the affected victims, the Chairperson said.
“In this process, the National Child Protection Authority’s expects to punish the people who have been convicted of child abuse and to provide an environment enabling the socialization of the victimized children,” the chairperson said in a statement requesting public support.
The NCPA Chairperson said the emergency hotline at 1929 is active 24 hours a day and requested the public to call and lodge complaints on any form of abuses to children.