Set­ting a good ex­am­ple

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I ’m glad the school no­ticed the signs and alerted the author­i­ties (“Par­ents ac­cused of tor­tur­ing son in Dubai”, Gulf News, Septem­ber 13). But I am shocked to know that the wo­man is a teacher in an­other school. Par­ents should be care­ful. If you can­not take care of your own child how can you teach oth­ers? Yes, at times my son is also naughty, but I can’t starve or pun­ish him. I just have to keep teach­ing him good man­ners and be strict in mak­ing him be­have. Par­ents should set a good ex­am­ple at home. From Ms Sam­mira Mo­hi­adeen UAE Face­book com­ment

New sys­tems needed

T he child should be taken away from such par­ents and kept with a fam­ily who will love and care for him. Their other chil­dren should be re­moved as well, at least till they make amends to change their ways and are sorry for what they did. The poor de­fence­less child will be tor­tured more, es­pe­cially be­hind closed doors. The UAE should have a fos­ter care sys­tem and a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence help cen­tre in place. From Ms Re­becca Reay UAE Face­book com­ment

Re­spect the priv­i­lege

I t’s good that UAE has started a child pro­tec­tion sys­tem. A lot of par­ents have dif­fer­ent ways of dis­ci­plin­ing chil­dren, prob­a­bly from years of en­dur­ing the same treat­ment them­selves. To save such chil­dren it is very im­por­tant that so­ci­ety also steps up. Schools and com­mu­ni­ties are all part of this pro­tec­tion sys­tem. Coun­selling should be pro­vided to th­ese par­ents as they need to learn how to be good care­givers.

Be­ing a par­ent is a priv­i­lege, learn to re­spect it. From Mr Mah­naaz Shaikh In­dia Face­book com­ment

A home away from home

O ne of the most un­der­rated re­ports I have ever read in re­cent times was the one on the sur­vey con­ducted by the Dubai Po­lice, which stated that res­i­dents feel ‘safe and se­cure’ here. Those two sim­ple words can­not be­gin to de­scribe the enor­mous sense of re­lief we feel when we are in the UAE. I am sure most of the ex­pa­tri­ates will agree that the safety sit­u­a­tion in our home coun­tries is not com­pa­ra­ble to what is main­tained here. The po­lice force here is able to per­pet­u­ate this feel­ing with­out any dic­ta­to­rial or in­tim­i­dat­ing at­ti­tude. We feel their re­as­sur­ing pres­ence, in all places and si­t­u­a­tions even when they are not di­rectly vis­i­ble. They are clear about the laws. And that’s what makes an or­di­nary per­son like me, who has been liv­ing here for nearly 25 years, be­lieve that this is my home away from home. From Ms Sa­jida Ka­mal Abu Dhabi

Should have spo­ken ear­lier

T he Dalai Lama should have con­demned this geno­cide in­stead of say­ing that God will take care of Ro­hingya Mus­lims (Dalai Lama says Bud­dha would have helped Myan­mar’s Mus­lims”, Gulf News, Septem­ber 12). His state­ment is ap­peas­ing only a few monks. He should have ad­vised his brothers to re­frain from com­mit­ting such a hu­man tragedy. No monastery has con­demned the act or is­sued a note of sym­pa­thy for the Ro­hingya Mus­lims. From Mr Bahzad Rah­man UAE Face­book com­ment

Ef­fects of Pol­lu­tion

T his is sad to hear (“What killed fish and birds in Al Qu­dra Lake dur­ing Eid hol­i­days?”, Gulf News, Septem­ber 14). Th­ese poor an­i­mals might have died due to pol­lu­tion and lit­ter­ing by visi­tors, who may not have dis­posed their trash re­spon­si­bly. The birds or fish may have choked on the waste prod­ucts caus­ing their deaths. From Ms Fa­tima Suhail Shar­jah Face­book com­ment

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