The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare revealed on Thursday that the number of child abuse cases in Japan have reached 66,807 for the fiscal 2012. Although the increase was attributed to the growing awareness about child counseling centres, it was also interpreted as an actual increase of abuse against children.
Among the cases encountered in the fiscal year, 27 cases led to requests of parental rights suspension. The revised Civil Code, made effective on the first month of the fiscal 2012, allows the head of a child consultation centre or the relative of a child to request from family courts to suspend parental rights of a child’s abusive parents. Even the child may also personally ask the family court for parental right suspension. Once granted by the family court, a child’s parents will not be able observe their rights for up to two-years. During the time of suspension, parent-child relationship may be worked out leading to reconciliation. Among the 27 requests, 15 were sanctioned for parental rights suspension, including one that refused heart surgery for a child who has Down Syndrome.
The statistics for child abuses cases began in fiscal 1990. The latest number of cases has surpassed all the previous records, setting a record-high of over 60,000. In order to avoid further abuse, the Ministry reckons having more centres meant to provide counseling regarding unwanted pregnancy, which has been accounted as one of the causes of the mistreatment of children.
[via Global Post]
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