CAIRO: Eighty-six reports were filed on violence against children during the first six days of August, said the Secretary General of the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood (NCMC), Azza el-Ashmawy to Youm7 Wednesday.
The reports filed on physical violence incidents against children was first published including 32 reports, while the psychological abuses came in second place with five reports after which came sexual violence with only one report, according to Ashmawy.
Regarding the perpetrators of the violence, Ashmawy noted that foundational violence, where individuals of an institution are the assailants, topped the list with 29 reports. There were also five reports filed against mothers and fathers over practicing domestic violence against their children.
The period during which the NCMC received the reports has witnessed an outrageous incident of torturing orphans. Ashmawy said that the NCMC received five reports against the owner of an orphanage, who was exposed in a video showing him beating a group of young children with a wooden stick, while they were crying and screaming.
The NCMC during this period, from August 1-6, received many complaints reporting negligence and violations inside orphanages, she continued.
She further added that there was a clear absence of children among those who reported violent incidents on the NCMC hotline for receiving complaints, which means that children are not encouraged to seek the NCMC’s help as a resort.
Ashmawy said in a press release, as reported Monday by Al-Ahram newspaper, that the relief of children needs quick and efficient mechanisms. “Cooperation between state institutions is still weak, and most of the concerned bodies are working in ‘isolated islands’.”
Additional Reporting by Mohamed Mahsoub