Egypt's NCCM receives 8K reports in 6 months, 30% of it of Child exploitation: Secretary General Sahar Al-Sunbati



Mon, 04 Oct 2021 - 02:33 GMT


Mon, 04 Oct 2021 - 02:33 GMT

CAIRO – 4 October 2021: Secretary General of Egypt’s National Council For Childhood and Motherhood [NCCM] Sahar Al-Sunbati said that the Council received up to 8,000 reports during the past six months, 30 per cent of it were of child exploitation.

She added in statements to AlHayah TV, that 25 percent of the reports were on domestic violence and 15 percent of abuse.

She noted in her statements that ‘child marriage’ is one of the phenomena that Egyptian society suffers from. Sunbati called on the government to tighten the punishment of this crime to ban it.

She said that several Initiatives have been launched during the past period to face all these phenomena in the society.

Earlier in September, Circulated photos for the engagement of two 12-years old children in Hawamdia city, Giza provoked the social media users and caused a wave of anger.

According to Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, the parent of the two children were summoned to prosecution after verifying the authenticity of the circulated photos and the whole incident upon a report issued to the Attorney General by the Council on the incident.

Secretary-General of the Council, Sahar Al-Sunbati said in statement, that the Child Support System received a notification on Saturday, via the hotline 16000, citing social media sites regarding the circulated photos of the two children.

After verifying the incident, the two children’s parents were under investigation as they pledged legally to take good care of the two children and not to complete the marriage until after they reach the legal age.

Sunbati condemned the incident, stressing that it is a flagrant violation of the provision of Article 80 of the Constitution, which includes the state’s obligation to care for children and protect them from all forms of violence, abuse and ill-treatment, and what was decided by Article 96 of Child Law No. 12 of 1996, as amended by law. No. 126 of 2008 regarding cases of child endangerment.

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood called on citizens to report any cases or incidents that endanger children through their hotline or social media.

The Public Prosecution also affirmed taking all measures to provide all means of support and protection for children.




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