Jos — Plateau State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development Barr. Olivia Dazyem has described domestic violence against children, especially those working as house helps as a major setback in the lives of children in the country.
Dazyem who said this during the sitting of the 5th Session of the Plateau State Children Parliament held at the Women Multi-purpose Centre in Jos, the plateau state capital, contended that many parents have made mistake over giving out their children to other people as house help.
"The result of such action is often the abuse and exposure of such children to maltreatment, hawking, prostitution and refusal to give them food or pay their school fees or even send them to school in many cases," the commissioner said.
The commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Cecelia Nimfa said it is as a result of such negative attitudes against children that the Plateau State Government had been the first to pass a law in 2005 to protect the rights and defend the aspirations of children.