Dear Editor,

The sad article of the suspended jailing of a 14-year-old boy for under-age sex with a girl of eight is shocking and I think the law concerning the crime should be amended to penalize the parents too. Parents are or should be responsible for their children. When a child becomes involved in such adult illegal behaviour then the fault should also be blamed on the parents or parent or even grandparents for that matter, depending on who raised the child, for failing to nurture the child on how to behave and how not to.

We have come this far – 40 years, but for what? Let us take some draconian steps to effectively deal with our own problems without looking around us to copy our neighbours.

Viredali

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