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Ministry of Interior gathering info on social media accounts

Juveniles under 13 targeted

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 14: A security source disclosed the Interior Ministry is investigating and collecting information about ‘social media accounts’ used by juveniles — under 13 years of age — who publish contents that do not comply with the regulations approved by the Prosecution, pointing out that no cases have been filed in this regard since the law was activated, reports Al-Anba daily.

The source said the first step after collecting the info and investigation is done is to call the parents and oblige them to sign a pledge not to put pictures and related material about their children that include torture or verbal and physical abuse and refer them to the judiciary if they repeat the same.

The source also stressed the need to hold to account those who exploit their children for commercial purposes such as fame for material gains or fail to send them to school.

As for the prevalence of videos documenting torture of children by their parents, the source said doctors at all centers and specialists must report any abuse, verbal or physical or any negligence to the Child Protection Team on Telephone No.147 which operates around-the-clock.

The competent authority in the Interior Ministry shall be notified by the team to take necessary measures in accordance with the Child Protection Act, which was approved in 2015, adding that the task of the protection team is to monitor and follow-up cases of abuse and neglect that are reported.

The source confirmed the process of reporting is conducted with strict confidentiality without causing any harm to the person who reported the incident, and the competent authorities shall investigate to verify the truth of the incident and take necessary action.

The source pointed out that the Interior Ministry has received more than 4,000 cases, and dealt with nearly 400, mostly related to negligence, and sexual and physical assault.

Most notable incident was of a negligent mother who did not care for her children, while the father was serving a jail term at the Central Prison. The incident was reported by neighbors. The mother was summoned and the children were referred to the Juvenile Home Care until a shelter was provided for them and sent to their grandmother.

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