By Adama Tine
The Child Protection Alliance (CPA) has called for the punishment of a woman who was recently allegedly seen in a video beating a girl child with a pestle, in accordance with the laws of the country, saying it is concerned with the alleged abuse of the minor.
The child rights advocate alliance call came after the Gambia Police Force on Tuesday confirmed the arrest and detention of the woman allegedly seen in the video beating an 8-year-girl child with a pestle causing her severe injuries.
“It is important to note that there is no ambiguity in Section 22 of the Children’s Act which clearly challenged parents or guardians to administer domestic discipline in a manner consistent with the inherent dignity of the child; thus leaving no room for any form of physical or mental abuse of children,” CPA stated.
“We therefore condemn the alleged act in totality and urge the public to desist from such brutal and gruesome acts against children.
“While we thank The Gambia Police Force for their intervention in arresting the suspect, we demand a thorough investigation of the matter. The suspect must be punished in accordance with the law if found guilty of committing the alleged crime.
“The public is urged to be vigilant and report suspected cases of child abuse at the nearest police station or call the National Child Helpline on 199,” it concluded.