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Implications: The government’s push to expand the rights of children clashes with its passive approach to the prevalence of abuse at home. Recent advances to students’ freedoms followed formal measures to protect underaged celebrities from tough working conditions. While this trend suggests a concerted focus on improving the children’s standard of living, there have not been more proactive measures to protect children from abuse by their parents or relatives in the privacy of their homes.
Context: Cultural norms restrict the government’s involvement in how parents treat their children. While the number of reported child abuse cases are lower in 2020 compared to 2018, people suspect that this simply reflects the difficulty of measuring abuse as fewer victims are seen in public due to the pandemic. Even though the law prohibits parents from using corporal punishment on their children, the prevalence of cases suggests greater public intervention might be needed.
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