By Chikondi Shawa
The Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati has challenged parents in the country to protect their children from abuses or the law will pounce on them.
The gender minister told the press that parents should take the leading role in protecting children more especially this time schools are shut. According to Kaliati. Government intends to revise the 2010 Child Care Protection Act conjured to address various forms of abuses that children are facing in the country.
“Government through my ministry plans to revise Child Protection Act so that parents who may not be able to protect their children should be arrested,” she said.
This comes barely few days after authorities in Mangochi disclosed that about 7274 early pregnancy cases have been registered in the district.
Following this, Kaliati also revealed that her ministry has ordered social welfare officials to assess the pregnancy cases in Mangochi and other affected districts in the country.
Recently there have been other revelations indicating an increase in cases of early marriages and use of drugs by children in Malawi.
Meanwhile other stakeholders in the country have already started preaching for the need to protect children’s rights.
The Country Director for Plan International Malawi, Phoebe Kasonga has reaffirmed the government that his organization will fight for the rights of children in the country.