by: Surayah Akbar
I wrote an email to the Ministry of Social and Family Development and Attorney-General’s Chambers in regards to the case (link) below. And I will be waiting for their reply on this matter.
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you on the matter of a 13 year old boy who was taken away by officers from Singapore Police Force from his mother after 3 and a half hours of interrogation at the staircase landing of their home.
He was interrogated regarding a robbery case happened on 17th June 2015 at Crawford Lane.
The boy was locked up under police custody and was hurled vulgarities by investigation officers during the interview and was threatened to be sent to Boy’s Home if he did not admit to the offence, as reported by the child to his mother.
The boy also said that one of the officers pushed him to the wall and poked him in the chest during the interrogation. He broke down upon telling his mother after he was bailed out later that morning.
This shows that the boy was under a tremendous trauma.
When the IAO of the Police Force replied to the mother on 7th January 2016 in regards to the case, it was stated that they have completed their investigation about her complaint and decided to take no further action against the officers concerned after consulting the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
I am truly upset by the the whole process. Singapore Police Force should protect minors and the public; and not abuse their power. For police officers to cause physical and emotional hurt are, in fact, not necessary at all.
What happened to the right of a child?
Please read through the links and I would appreciate it very much if you could reply to me.
Link to Singapore Statutes:
Power to remove child or young person to place of temporary care and protection, etc.
(a)remove the child or young person and commit him to a place of temporary care and protection or to the care of a fit person until the child or young person can be brought before a Youth Court to be dealt with under section 49; or
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