YWCA calls for arrest of parents who abandon children

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The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) has condemned couples who abandon their children after they divorce.

YWCA Executive Director Patricia Ndhlovu said it was barbaric and inhuman for some people neglect their children when they part company.

Ms. Ndhlovu told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in an interview in Lusaka today that it was criminal to behave in such a manner.

She has since called on the Zambia Police victim support unit to ensure that such couples were brought to book.

“The police should be arresting such culprits in order to avoid couples dumping their children after they have divorced. It is a criminal act which one can be imprisoned for by law,” Ms. Ndhlovu said.

She also advised couples, whose marriages have ended, to always visit the YWCA for counseling so that they do not end up dumping their children either due to their financial challenges or merely for child negligence.

Ms. Ndhlovu said it was regrettable to see children roaming the streets when their parents were still alive.

She said parents have the responsibility of looking after their children even after they have separated.

She explained that children should be under the care of their parents until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

Ms. Ndhlovu has since cautioned parents against producing children which they are unable to look after properly.