Azalina calls for establishment of child commissioner

azalina-childsexualcrimeLONDON: A child commissioner should be put in place to monitor, coordinate and review laws on child sexual crimes.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said the commissioner, who would function independently, would study not only the rules of the laws, but also the elements and policies of laws on child sexual crimes.

The need to establish a child commissioner would be tabled before the cabinet next week following a visit to the Children’s Court in India and the United Kingdom, she told reporters here today.

Azalina, together with the Prime Minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor, who is also Permata Negara patron, as well as Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim, visited the Stratford Magistrate’s Court, which is also designated as a domestic violence court.

They were briefed by the court’s legal prosecution manager, Paul Okebu, on the handling of cases involving child sexual crimes.

They also held discussions with officers at the Crown Prosecution Service on the matter.

Before heading to London, Azalina was in India to look at the implementation of the Children’s Court there.

She said Malaysia’s first Children’s Court, at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, would handle child sexual crime cases in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

The court will begin operations in June.

Azaline added that courses would be conducted for Sessions Court judges and prosecutors beginning this Thursday.