Formerly named Wudeema Law, the UAE’s Child Protection Law takes effect on June 15 under which reporting cases of child abuse or negligence has become mandatory for all members of the community. The law will come in force from today onwards with the ultimate goal of transforming families and society.
The Federal Law No 3 of 2016 was drafted in the memory of Wudeema, an eight-year-old Emirati girl who was starved and tortured to death in Dubai by her father and his girlfriend in 2012. The law ensures that every child in the UAE, whether a resident or tourist, has the right to live and be safe, be educated, and be protected from neglect and all forms of abuse, whether physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or psychological.
Stringent punishments are awaiting the violators of the law. It could be slapped with a fine ranging from AED 5,000 and AED 50,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, depending on the violation.
The act also prohibits parents or custodians from excessively disciplining a child, shouting / calling him names, hitting a child, leaving a child alone in the house, or even allowing the child to sit in front seat or jump up and down inside a moving car is considered negligence.
Report Child Abuse at the following numbers:
Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre Hotline: 116-111
Child Protection Centre (under CDA Dubai): 800 988
Dubai Foundation for Women and Children: 800 111
Social Services Department (Sharjah): 800 700
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