10 children back in school after cops help solve family disputes

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10 children back in school after cops help solve family disputes

Dubai - They were stuck at home for months after their parents failed to pay school fees.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Wed 28 Oct 2015, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 29 Oct 2015, 3:16 PM

After months of being stuck at home due to family disputes, 10 children are back in school, thanks to the Dubai Police.
The police's human rights department helped resolve five family disputes, paving way for the children to rejoin school.

Cops to the rescue of 42 childrenThe Dubai Police's human rights department tackled cases of 42 children since the beginning of the current year.
According to the department's director, Dr Mohammed Al Murr, in one-third of the cases, the department found that parents levelled false allegations against their spouses to get their children's custody.
In most of such cases, the false allegations were levelled by fathers, when children's custody were given to the mothers, he said. The fathers accused the mothers of negligence, or going to work, leaving the children alone at home.
Dr Al Murr warned that those found giving false complaints will be referred to the legal authorities concerned.
According to Dr Mohammed Al Murr, director of the department, in one case, four students were stranded at home for six months as their father refused to pay accumulated school fees of Dh110,000. The school refused to renew the registration of the four students because of the outstanding dues.
Their mother contacted the department with a cry for help. The department swung into action and negotiated with the father and the school to find a mutually agreeable payment mechanism of the outstanding dues. However, the father failed to make the payment, after which the police sought help from a charity to pay the fees.
In other cases the department helped resolve, the police found that three children did not have official documents like birth certificates or passports to register them in school. In the rest of the cases, the police found that three children were not enrolled in school as their parents disagreed over which school was best for them.
Dr Al Murr said the department is currently trying to resolve the problem faced by two children, whose father left the country without renewing their passports or residence visas. The father left following a family dispute, the police said.
His wife approached the department, saying she had lost her job and could not register her children for the new academic year.
Dr Al Murr said the department is coordinating with her country's embassy to renew the children's passport and transfer their sponsorship to their mother, who recently found a job.

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