There are major fines for leaving children in locked cars
Causing a child’s death or endangering a child’s life can land a person up to 10 years in jail along with a hefty fine of Dhs1M.
In light of a number of recent accidents involving the deaths of children due to being locked in a car, the people of UAE need to remember that children should not be neglected even for a moment.
Under UAE’s Child Rights Law, also known as the Wadeema’s Law, the rights of children must be protected, especially their mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Lawyer Rini Agarwal, senior associate at STA Law Firm, said, "Wadeema's Law also makes provisions for the protection of children's welfare.It provides that children have the basic right to live and stay safe from any kind of neglect and all other kinds of abuse.”
Those found not following Wadeema’s Law will have to face the punishment of imprisonment and fines.
Speaking to Gulf News, Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Civil Defence, said, “There will be zero tolerance in such cases. There have been incidents of children who suffocated to death due to the lack of awareness of their families. Children are unaware of the hazards and the risks surrounding them. It is therefore the responsibility and the role of the parents to ensure their child’s safety first.”
Dubai Police has revealed that they’ve been saving over 100 children locked in unattended cars each year.
It is rather shocking how irresponsible adults can be around children, and a stark reminder of the fact that more care needs to be taken.