Special units to combat child abuse
Ministry to set up 335 Children and Women’s Units at
Divisional Secretariat level:
The Child Development and Women’s Affairs Ministry will establish
Children and Women’s Units countrywide to combat incidents of child
abuse and harassment to women.
The ministry will set up 335 Children and Women’s Units at Divisional
Secretariat level. The ministry will take measures against issues
relating to child abuse and harassment of women. Protection and legal
assistance will also be provided to victimised children and women
through the units. Besides, they will play a major role in preventing
children and women from being harassed, tortured and abused, Child
Development and Women’s Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda said.
The ministry established a National Committee on Women to protect
women from being harassed. The National Committee acts under the purview
of the Child Development and Women’s Affairs Ministry. The committee is
responsible for making policy decisions, drafting laws and regulations
and making decision concerning empowerment of women.
The National Committee on Women will pay attention to safeguard
rights of women, their equal status with men in society and guide to
draft the legal framework for women’s empowerment. Meanwhile, the Child
Protection Authority is seeking the assistance of various segments of
society such as intellectuals, artistes, social workers, teachers and
others to strengthen the service of the authority. “The dignity and
personal integrity of a child will fade if he is subjected to child
abuse. Child abuse causes an immense damage to the mental development of
Therefore, the Child Protection Authority is vigilant about child
abuse and measures will be taken to eradicate this from society. The
Authority says it is duty bound to bring solace to the tortured minds of
abused children. Persons involved in child abuse will be brought before
the law and subjected to severe punishment,” Minister Karaliyadde said.