Women Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) Ministry reported that that as many as 1,403,048 Indonesian children under the age of five are categorized as ‘neglected children’.
“The latest data from the ministry shows that the number of neglected children In Indonsia reaches 1.4 million children or 5.85 percent of the total 24.7 millions children in Indonesia,” said Head of Planning and Data Bureau of the Ministry Titi Eko Rahayu in Yogyakarta.
Titi added that as the future generations, Indonesian children need to be given a special attention from the government, the private sectors and the people alike.
In the meantime, family as the smallest unit in the society, she added, also plays a big role in the growth of a child.
Titi went on to say that a child is considered neglected if their parents neglect their needs so the child’s physical, spiritual and social needs cannot be met.
“In fact, protection of children and infants is regulated by Law Number 23 of 2002,” she added.