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DUBAI – The Dubai Police on Saturday (October 17) reiterated a warning to parents, saying that leaving children unattended in parked cars is considered a crime in the UAE.
“Leaving children unattended in parked vehicles is an act of negligence punishable by law,” according to Dubai Police, adding that legal action will be taken against violators.
There have been numerous reports of incidents involving children left behind in cars and school buses.
Last year, Dubai Police reported that 204 children were found left all alone in cars, elevators and apartments.
In June last year, a 6-year-old Indian boy died after being left behind in a bus owned by the Al Manar Islamic Centre in Al Quoz Dubai. Following the incident, Islamic centres in the emirate enforced new bus safety rules to prevent similar incidents from happening.
Under the UAE Child Rights Law that was introduced in 2016, the rights of children, including their emotional well-being, must be protected.
Those found endangering a child’s psychological and moral integrity through abandonment face fines ranging from Dh5,000 to Dh1 million with 10 years of imprisonment. ICA/Expat Media
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