Mus­cat sees most cases of child abuse

Oman Daily Observer - - INSIDEOMAN - STAFF RE­PORTER MUS­CAT, NOV 10

A to­tal of 336 child abuse cases have been re­ported across gov­er­norates in the Sul­tanate in the third quar­ter of 2018, with the Mus­cat Gov­er­norate top­ping the list, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment (MOSD).

A state­ment from the min­istry says 336 cases (174 boys, 162 girls) were re­ported by child pro­tec­tion com­mit­tees (via hot­line No. 1100) in var­i­ous gov­er­norates.

The to­tal also in­cludes 122 cases of ne­glect, 48 phys­i­cal abuse, 42 psy­cho­log­i­cal abuse and 13 sex­ual abuse cases.

Mus­cat Gov­er­norate saw 146 cases (68 boys, 78 girls), South Bati­nah 41 (21 boys, 20 girls) and Al Bu­raimi 33, (21 boys, 12 girls).

The Dar al We­faq House, which comes un­der the Fam­ily Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment, has been help­ing the abused chil­dren, both Oma­nis and res­i­dents, said the state­ment the by Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

Eleven abused chil­dren were ac­com­mo­dated at Dar al We­faq in the third quar­ter, which in­cludes eight boys and three girls.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod, the Fam­ily Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment dealt with 12 cases of preg­nant women and nine cases of hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The depart­ment has also been deal­ing with is­sues such as dis­putes be­tween separated spouses over child cus­tody or the right to see the child.

A to­tal of nine chil­dren, in­clud­ing five boys and four girls, have ben­e­fited.

Ac­cord­ing to the head of Dar al We­faq, the Fam­ily Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment is con­cerned with fam­ily pro­tec­tion plans and stepping up ef­forts in co­or­di­na­tion with the au­thor­i­ties to deal with sit­u­a­tions that lead to child abuse.

One of the chal­lenges faced by Dar al We­faq is the is­sue re­lated to han­dling of traf­fick­ing cases, which in­clude ver­i­fi­ca­tion of ev­i­dences and search for the ac­cused.

Hot­line No. 1100 re­ceives all kinds of com­plaints, in­clud­ing vi­o­lence, abuse and ex­ploita­tion di­rected against chil­dren and of­fers direct in­ter­ven­tion. Com­plaints are re­ferred to au­thor­i­ties if nec­es­sary.

The hot­line num­ber is com­mit­ted to prin­ci­ples of strict con­fi­den­tial­ity and ab­so­lute pri­vacy of call­ers, even re­spect­ing their de­sire to re­main anony­mous.

One of the chal­lenges faced by Dar al We­faq is the is­sue re­lated to han­dling of traf­fick­ing cases, which in­clude ver­i­fi­ca­tion of ev­i­dences and search for the ac­cused

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