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Ministry Takes Child Into Custody From Mum

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has taken a child into their custody amid claims that the mother was begging on the streets with the baby. The 17-year-old
08 Jun 2016 11:17
Ministry Takes Child Into Custody From Mum
Rosi Akbar

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has taken a child into their custody amid claims that the mother was begging on the streets with the baby.

The 17-year-old mother of Lautoka has since said she was not begging. Investigations are continuing.

The minister, Rosy Akbar, said the case surfaced as part of the ministry’s ongoing operation ‘Loloma’ in the West.

“The mother was seen to be begging late in the night with the baby. The Loloma operation team took the baby into state care.

“This ministry responded with promptness and urgency and the decision made was in the best interest of the child to ensure her safety and wellbeing,” she said.

“Ensuring the wellbeing of children is a key mandate of the ministry as obligated under the Convention on the Rights of the Children and also the Child Welfare Decree.”

The child has been taken into temporary care for now as case assessment continues.

“Upon further discussions with adult family members possibly the grandparents, ministry will look at the best options in best interest of the child. Ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of children is a key mandate of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. The use of children to lure the public to give cash and kind to beggars is clearly an act of child abuse and neglect,” Ms Akbar said.

She reiterated that the ministry does not condone such inhuman act against children and they would do what it takes to ensure that the child’s welfare was protected. The child has been taken to Treasure Home where she has been kept since May 26.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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