Lawmaker demands harsher sentences for child rape cases

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Daw Khin Saw Wai, Lawmaker of Pyithu Hluttaw.

A lawmaker called on the Union Government yesterday at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting to draft a special bill which can impose the death sentence for child rape cases in order to deter child sexual abuse.
“An increase in the number of child rape cases has threatened the morality and culture of Myanmar society,” said Daw Khin Saw Wai.
Quoting information released by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the lawmaker from Yathedaung Constituency in Rakhine State said the number of the child sexual abuse cases has spiralled upward year by year, with nearly 2,000 cases in the past two years.
Daw Khin Saw Wai said the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement was making efforts to allow a 10-year sentence or a life sentence for child rape convictions when he met with journalists following an Amyotha Hluttaw meeting on 28 November last year.
She said the Union Minister also told reporters that his ministry is redrawing the 1993 child law and the issue of giving heavy penalties to child sex abuses should be brought to the Hluttaw.
Despite the collective efforts of CSOs, lawmakers and ministries concerned since 2014, a bill has not yet submitted to the Hluttaw yet, said Daw Khin Saw Wai.
Amyotha Hluttaw accepted the motion to discuss at the parliament meeting.


By Aye Aye Thant/MNA


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