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    Family issues to the fore

    Azlan Othman

    Brunei Darussalam recorded between 22 to 32 domestic violence cases in 2020–2018, stated by the Community Development Department (JAPEM) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

    Highlighting cases handled by the Family, Women and Child Division at the international Mu’tamar Fiqh Al-Usrah (Islamic Family) conference at Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) recently, JAPEM added that the Sultanate witnessed an increase in cases related to housing problems, child abuse, alimony claims and financial issues, with 58 recorded in 2020, 61 in 2019 and 79 in 2018.

    Around 40 cases related to family problems were recorded last year and around 30 cases in both 2019 and 2018, child neglect and abuse, incest as well as individuals who were difficult to control.

    Acting Community Development Officer of the Family, Woman and Child Division at JAPEM Siti Alifah binti Osman, deliberating on ‘Family Issues’, shared the department’s experience in tackling family problems referred to them and means used in containing them. Law provisions, true stories and challenges faced in tackling these issues were also shared.

    Siti Alifah said there are laws and acts provision stipulated under these including Child and Youth Act Section 219, Girls and Teenagers Protection Act (Section 120), Child Protection Centre Act (Section 218), and Islamic Family Law Act (Section 217).

    She said among the challenges the division faces these days are cases involving misuse of drugs and mental health, family members’ lack of cooperation in tackling the situation and the need to strengthen inter agency ties in tackling cases.

    The Family Unit handles cases relating to family problem, taking over problems of the elderly, investigating and adopting foster children, cases involving no place for shelter, loitering and begging, and other family problems.

    The Child Unit deals with cases pertaining to abuse, difficulties in controlling, negligence, social issues and begging.

    The Women’s Unit handles cases relating to abuse, domestic violence and household disputes among other related matters.

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