March 21, 2017
Malaysia Digest, 20 March 2017
HANOI — Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has ordered relevant ministries to strengthen measures to prevent sexual abuse of and violence against children, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The order comes following media exposure of several cases of child abuse that had sparked public outrage across the nation.
In the newly-issued document, Dam assigns the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to take the lead and work with relevant ministries, sectors and agencies to propose measures and implement them.
The Ministry of Education and Training will be responsible for equipping students with skills and measures to improve their capacity to identify and avoid sexual harassment.
Public outcry over the recently reported increase in child sexual abuse cases has prompted authorities to enforce children’s rights and scrutinise implementation of international conventions that the nation has signed to ensure the protection of children’s rights in particular and human rights in general.
Two months ago, a mother in Hanoi filed a complaint with Thinh Liet ward’s police in Hoang Mai district about her eight-year-old daughter being sexually abused by a man, who lived in a rented house nearby.
Last week, the police arrested the man for further investigation into the alleged child molestation.
A seven-year-old girl in Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh City, was abused at school and seriously injured on Feb 14 this year. The child said she was attacked by a man in her school, which is located in the same district.
A year ago, a mother in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province reported to the police that her daughter and seven other children in her apartment building were abused by an elderly man living nearby.
In several cases, authorities initially declined to take follow-up action, citing lack of evidence, or sat on the petition without giving reasons for their inaction.