Mother Allegedly Locked Daughter as Punishment

25 September 2007

The 37-year-old housewife from Seremban 2 had told the state Welfare Department that she had locked her 9-year-old girl in an iron cage behind their house for nine hours as punishment for the girl’s attempt to forge her mother’s signature on a school report card. The girl was locked in the cage from midnight till the next morning.

Both mother and child were at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital here yesterday when welfare officials visited. Officials said that causing emotional distress or anguish is also a form of abuse under the Child Protection Act, although parents have the right to punish their children.

The housewife admitted that she had also locked her daughter out of the front gate for hours several times for punishment purposes.

There were no physical signs of abuse on the girl. Statements have been taken from the girl, the mother and their businessman stepfather.

Police are waiting for a report from the Welfare Department before they decide on the next course of action.

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