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We’ve become heartless, shameless society that neglects its children

By KIAMA RUIGA
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I am shocked, and I believe every other sane Kenyan is, by the degeneration of morals in our country to the extent of torturing, maiming and killing our children.

By “our children” I mean any child is like my own or your own.

When I was young, every nearby adult took responsibility over me in terms of guidance, protection and even punishing me when I misbehaved.

Things have changed: Everybody minds their own business, to the extent that adults will not even notice when children cross roads dangerously.

Some motorists hoot at children instead of slowing down to give way to them.

MODELING
Others will not bother to help a child onto a bus; instead, they fight with them to get in first.

An adult will leave a seven-year-old in the rain instead of sheltering them with their umbrella.

No child has a right anymore to take a seat in a matatu. Many times, a child will be forced to give up their seat to an adult.

The sort of music played and videos shown in matatus are obscene and expose our children to a bad culture.

What, pray, are we teaching our children?

CHILD ABUSE
News outlets, including social media, are awash with stories of children having been abused, assaulted, tortured or killed by strangers and sometimes by their relatives, including parents.

Nothing illustrates this better than a story a week ago of an infant admitted to Thika Level Five Hospital with 13 needles in her backside.

Sexual and physical abuse cases have become commonplace.

Some security officers are not helping matters either.

Just a month ago, during the elections and the protests that followed, police were accused of bludgeoning or shooting to death children as young as six months old!

POLICE
Just this week, the Daily Nation ran a story of how police officers in Naro Moru, Nyeri County, locked up children aged between four and 10 years in a cell overnight without food, water or blankets for allegedly stealing scrap metal.

Has Kenyan society lost its mind? Why would police cells hold innocent children who were only playing but not adults accused of stealing billions of shillings of public funds, who not only walk free but zoom around in fuel guzzlers believed to have been ill-gotten?

There are many laws to protect children, but how effective are they?

Remember, great nations have tumbled when they failed to protect their children.

Kaima D. M. Ruiga, Nairobi.

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Over the past couple of years, there have been increasing cases of children being brutalised by adults, including their parents or guardians.
In a recent case, a two-year-old was reportedly brutalised by his step-father, leaving him with a broken leg, swollen eye and numerous soft-tissue injuries.

This was less than three months after the man had scalded the child with hot water.

Are such cruel individuals dealt with firmly by the law?

The perpetrators of brutality on children must know that God never lets such actions go unpunished.

Judy Chege-Ndung’u, Nairobi.