Fri | Oct 20, 2017

'Do not touch children unless to do good', says PM

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 9:05 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller last evening hailed children as “the jewels of the nation” in an address in which she pleaded to Jamaicans 'not to touch a child unless it is to do good'.

Jamaica has been stunned over the murders, since the start of the year, of almost 30 children and the increasing reports of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated against the minors.

The Prime Minister lamented that adults and especially relatives of children are failing either by perpetrating the crimes against the children or by not reporting questionable situations.

 

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Simpson Miller argued that children are future leaders and should be cared for. 

She also urged communities and parents to “raise their voices and speak out against” violence against children.

 

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

The Prime Minister says she will continue to speak out against child abuse and violence.

She is assuring that her government is taking ‘tough’ actions to punish offenders.

Last week, the Government announced its intention to amend the Childcare and Protection Act and the Criminal Justice Administration Act to inflict harsher penalties on child abusers and murderers.