Child Protection Alliance has learnt with grave concern an alleged
abuse of a minor at a settlement within West Coast Region.
The suspect is alleged to have hit the minor with a pestle leading to
severe injuries. The alleged act is criminal and a gross violation of the
rights of the minor.
It is important to note that there is no ambiguity in Section 22 of the
Children’s Act which clearly challenged parents or guardians to
administer domestic discipline in a manner consistent with the inherent
dignity of the child; thus leaving no room for any form of physical or
mental abuse of children.
We therefore condemn the alleged act in totality and urge the public to
desist from such brutal and gruesome acts against children.
While we thank The Gambia Police Force for their intervention in
arresting the suspect, we demand a thorough investigation of the
matter. The suspect must be punish in accordance with the law if found
guilty of committing the alleged crime.
Meanwhile, the public is urged to be vigilant and report suspected
cases of child abuse at the nearest police station or call the National
Child Helpline on 199.