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Jakarta Post

Stronger efforts key to improving child protection

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 25 2019   /  01:12 am

Child abuse remains an issue in the capital, raising questions about the efforts of the Jakarta administration to prevent such cases, activists have said. West Jakarta Police arrested last week a 21-year-old mother on suspicion of torturing her 2-year-old to death. The suspect was said to have tried to cover up the crime, claiming that her child was sick and experiencing convulsions. The toddler died before arriving at the hospital.Also last week, East Jakarta Police arrested a Quran tutor in Jatinegara, East Jakarta over accusations of molesting seven elementary school students.Five out of the seven victims were reportedly traumatized and appeared frightened when they heard the tutor’s name. Jakarta is home to 3.16 million children, about 30 percent of the city’s population.The Jakarta administration aims to become a child-friendly city after unveiling its Child-Friendly City Grand ...