Police record more than 1,200 crimes against women and children amid lockdown
President Rodrigo Duterte said the police reported over 1,200 cases of violence against women and children since the lockdown started in March.
Duterte said in his latest report to Congress that PNP recorded 763 cases of crimes against women and 521 crimes against children amid the quarantine in Luzon.
“The PNP Women and Children Protection Desks are working closely with LGUs to ensure that the rights and welfare of women and children are protected during the ECQ,” Duterte said.
The Commission of Human Rights earlier called on the government to ensure abuse victims are provided with shelters if they want to leaver their homes, legal assistance, financial aid, and medical and psychological care through helpline services.
“Under [the] coronavirus regime, leaving violent relations is far more difficult and dangerous. The disease already poses a particularly grave challenge, and women and children do not deserve to suffer further, not especially in their homes,” Jacqueline De Guia, CHR spokesperson, said in April.