A law to make you love your child?

A law to make you love your child?

Under a new law proposed in Britain, if you starve a child of affection, you may go to jail.

It is called the Cinderella Law and it means that guilty parents could face up to 10 years in jail, the maximum term in child neglect cases.

Should such a law be introduced here and would it work?

In Singapore, when it comes to physical and sexual assault or exploitation, children are well-protected under the Children and Young Persons Act.

Mr Alfred Tan, the executive director of the Singapore Children's Society, favours having a similar "Cinderella Law" here.

He said the number of emotional abuse cases may be "extremely, extremely low", but this could be because emotional abuse is difficult to pin down.

"Unlike sexual and physical abuse, emotional abuse does not leave behind any evidence, as it often happens over a period of time behind closed doors," he said.

But he pointed out that clear parameters of what constitutes emotional abuse should be set out.

Sociologist Tan Ern Ser agreed with Mr Tan's view that such a law would be tough to enforce, unless there are "clear, visible signs of child abuse or neglect".

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