Re­cent stab­bing case, fail­ure on the par­ent front: gov­ern­ment

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Re­fer­ring to the re­cent stab­bing case as a se­ri­ous is­sue, Ly­onch­hoen asked the gov­ern­ment to put an end to it.

Dur­ing the meet the press on July 7, Ly­onch­hoen said that the stab­bing case is a very se­ri­ous is­sue and each case must be taken se­ri­ously.

Few weeks ago two youths were stabbed in the cap­i­tal, with one fa­tal.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from a re­porter, Ly­onch­hoen said the gov­ern­ment must step up with mea­sures and sup- port po­lice and all other agen­cies to curb the is­sue. He also urged the par­ents to take bet­ter care of their chil­dren. “Gov­ern­ment can’t be ev­ery­where.”

Home min­is­ter Dawa Gyelt­shen said that such se­ri­ous cases were promi­nent in ur­ban cities like Thipm­phu, Paro and Phuntshol­ing. Thim­phu has the high­est with eight cases re­ported till date.

To curb the is­sue, last year gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ated frisk­ing of youths on street in groups af­ter 10pm. It was shot down by the par­lia­ment on hu­man rights con­cern, said the min­is­ter.

The min­is­ter said, with­out such mea­sures in place, it is dif­fi­cult for po­lice to know who is car­ry­ing weapons.

Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment min­is­ter, Dorji Cho­den said that the me­dia should sup­port the gov­ern­ment when it comes to strin­gent laws for such crimes.

Ly­onch­hoen said that the so­lu­tion should start from proper par­ent­ing in­stead of gov­ern­ment’s so­lu­tion which is not sus­tain­able.

The gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­ing in such mat­ters is be­ing seen as the last choice said Ly­onch­hoen. The re­spon­si­bil­ity in­ti­mately lies with the par­ents he said. Adding gov­ern­ment can­not en­gage in so­cial mat­ters, it is up to us as a so­ci­ety.

Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Norbu Wangchu said that the stab­bing cases oc­curred right af­ter the clo­sure of the schools and start of the sum­mer va­ca­tion in­di­cates that school have done a good job at en­gag­ing the youths at schools.

The fail­ure is on the home front, min­is­ter said. “There is fail­ure on the part of the par­ents and guardians.”

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s find­ings, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter said, youths miss­ing classes, us­ing drugs and poor per­for­mance in the aca­demic, is a re­sult of lack of pas­toral care at home.

The min­is­ter said the min­istry is now re­in­forc­ing the parental skills in the schools. Some par­ents lack par­ent­ing skills, while some of them don’t have time, said the min­is­ter.

Ly­onch­hoen said the claim that Thim­phu does not have enough re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties is a lame ex­cuse. Par­ents hardly take their chil­dren to li­braries, mu­se­ums, and other cen­ters, there­fore not us­ing the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

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