51 per cent of child abusers are mums

51 per cent of child abusers are mums
Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.

GENTING HIGHLANDS - More than half of those who abuse children are mothers, according to the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

Deputy Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun revealed that of the 2,409 child abuse case last year, 51 per cent were committed by mothers, 41 per cent by fathers and the remainder by babysitters in childcare centres, homes, institutions, workplace or community-based childcare centres.

"We are deeply concerned over the number of child abuse cases," said Chew at the Genting International Children's Festival Launch this afternoon.

Many such cases, she noted, were probably stress-related, which was why the ministry provided counselling for parents.

In her speech, Chew suggested more integrated facilities be set up for the elderly and children, adding that the ministry now had one for both at the Penyayang Bakti Complex at Bandar Sri Damansara.

She said there would be little interaction between the two generations if the elderly and children were housed in different facilities.

"In an integrated facility, they can look after each other - the elderly usually likes to play with the children", she noted.

Due to limited time, working couples tend to face a dilemma of whether to visit their parents or children. "Having an integrated facility could solve this problem. The costs can be lowered too," she said.

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