Blantyre: Victim Support Unit (VSU) in the Southern Region says negligence to look after both biological and adopted children is punishable by law.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday, Southern Region VSU coordinator, Superintendent Memory Mgeni said all irresponsible parents and guardians who deliberately choose to neglect their responsibility of supporting their children face the risk of being arrested.
Negligence to adequately look after children under one’s care is punishable by law as stipulated in the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act Section 3, she viewed.
Mgeni said that, Any person below the age of 18 according to Constitution is regarded as a child who deserves the utmost parental care and failure to comply; attracts varied punitive charges depending on the magnitude of the crime.
She pointed out that any parent/guardian who exposes a child under their charge to sexual harassment and abuses, including human trafficking tendencies for economical gains or selfishness deserve stiffer penalties as stipulated in one of the supreme law of the land.
The VSU coordinator added that failure to adequately nurture children below the age of 18 was illegal, saying such a crime has been rampant in the recent years at the VSU mediation and intervention forums.
I would like to urge all parents and guardians to take full charge of their children and dependents below the aforementioned chronological age; otherwise the law shall take its course to any crime perpetrators in the entire region, she warned.
Meanwhile, Southern Region VSU alongside the fully-fledged community policing structures have embarked on an extra gear in combating the vice through massive campaigns and sensitization interventions.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA