UAE’s good fight for children

It is indeed heartening that the UAE authorities take steps to combat the horror of human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children that continues to occur even in this century.

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Published: Thu 21 Oct 2010, 9:31 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:48 PM

It is fitting that the UAE has joined the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking and UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash in his capacity as Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking is certain to take this role very seriously. The blueprint seeks not only to fight the crime but also to ensure there is a proactive and ready safety net for the victims and their rehabilitation. Shelter homes are of the essence and it is part of the maturity and cultural awareness as well as a strong aversion to such practices that has given the UAE this sense of responsibility.

That the Emirates is at the forefront of the battle can be seen in the response to the recent story of a young lad being chained in his own home and the rescue that was performed to get him out of the domestic abuse and into a protection programme. The child was only eight and his sense of mischief does not seem to warrant such actions. While disciplining children is a parental prerogative it cannot descend to the level of abuse or leave the child with psychological and physical scarring. If you are not a little naughty at eight when will you be? That the authorities are seeking legal redress is worth commending. It is a strong message to others who hurt their children outside the boundaries of accepted chastisement. The message to the parents is also a message to schoolteachers who have much the same responsibility for most of the waking hours and should also be kept in check when such developments occur. You cannot go to school afraid of the teacher.

Much as we would like to hide our heads in the sand and play ostrich the fact is that the weak still become prey to the predatory and so far as there is a cruel world out there the market will exist and it is a sacred duty of not just the government but also the public to combat the menace together. There is no such thing as ‘not our problem’ being a viable option. Modern day slavery exists and it is ugly and a blemish on our times. Nothing is too little to fight those who would offend human dignity and violate basic rights.

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