It is shameful that we as a society have earned quite a bit of notoriety when it comes to child abuse. One may recall the many horrific incidents in which children were abused and tortured. A report by this daily about a homeless boy who was set on fire by an unknown man filled me with fear and anguish. Are street children so much neglected that no one even bothered to notice a crime of this magnitude being committed?
Apart from physical abuse that children suffer, the alarming rise in the number of child rape incidents in our country is also disturbing. If the existing laws cannot prevent sexual abuse of children, then the authorities should implement more severe laws to protect them. It is extremely important that we take the matter seriously and do whatever is necessary to ensure a happy and healthy future for all children.
Vanulal Debnath, East West University, Dhaka