Setting a good example
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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