An Arab mother in Sharjah has been charged with assault after she allegedly burnt her twin daughters’ hands with matchsticks, a police official told on Tuesday.
The incident came to the attention of police after the children’s’ schoolteacher noticed burns marks on the hands of the two seven-year-olds. The girls told their teacher they were burnt by their mother.
The issue was reported to the school social worker, who in turn reported the incident to police and the child protection department. The social worker took the girls to the hospital for a medical examination and the medical report confirmed the burn marks were indeed from matchsticks.
An investigation was launched and the mother was summoned for questioning, during which she admitted to burning her children as punishment.
The UAE government has zero tolerance towards child abuse with stringent laws to protect children in the wake of the Wadeema incident in 2012. Anyone who knows of a case of child abuse but doesn’t report it is also liable for prosecution under the Wadeema Law.
A special team has also been put in place to develop best practices for combating child abuse. Led by the Ministry of Interior, the team has now grown into a department known as the Child Protection Department, who are now investigating this incident.