Recent stabbing case, failure on the parent front: government
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.