Rwanda National Police (RNP) calls upon the general public to put ideas and measures together and partners with security organs and local leaders to protect and promote the rights of children.
By exposing and reporting those who violet the rights of a child, Police says you will be saving another child from falling victim.
The call follows an incident on September 2 in Rubavu District, when unknown mother abandoned a one-month baby boy in front of a house belonging to one Jean Bosco Habinshuti located in Rugerero Sector
The child was later found by a house-help at about 9pm.
“The house-help had been sent by her employers to buy something when she found the baby abandoned in front of the gate and immediately went back inside and informed her employers, who immediately came and took the baby before informing local leaders and Police,” Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire, Police spokesperson for the Western region, said.
“As investigations continue identify and locate the whereabouts of the mother, the family of Habinshuti has been granted their request to look after the baby,” he added.
“A child has a right to live, education, medication and even to know the parents; a child shouldn’t pay the price for your mistakes as a mother or parents,” he noted.
Article 231 of the penal code partly states that a parent or a guardian who abandons or causes to be abandoned, neglects or causes to be neglected, a child in an open place and is found shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of Rwf20, 000 to Rwf100, 000.
The same article further stipulates that a parent or a guardian who abandons a child in a solitary place and is found shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of more than five to seven years and a fine of Rwf50, 000 to Rwf200, 000.