Ministry to assess reports before helping brothers

KUCHING: The Welfare Department will assess the police investigation and hospital report on a case concerning three brothers, believed to have been abused in Kangar, Perlis, before deciding on the next course of action, says Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

The Women, Family and Community Development Minister said as of now, all the three victims were receiving treatment at Hospital Tuanku Fauziah in Kangar.

“The findings from the police and hospital will determine whether the siblings need to be placed in a shelter because in this case, they still have a mother,” she said when met after the National Welfare Foundation’s Kasih Ramadan programme here yesterday, Bernama reported.

Nancy added that welfare officers in the area immediately sent the three victims to the hospital when the case came to light.

On Saturday, it was reported that the three brothers were found by villagers with two of them still chained by the side of a bridge in Jalan Kampung Tambun Tulang, Simpang Empat.

Kangar OCPD Asst Comm Yusharifuddin Mohd Yusop said the victims were aged between 13 and 16, and that two of them had hearing and listening disabilities.

Police have since arrested a 46-year-old woman, believed to be their mother, and a 31-year-old man to assist in investigations.

Comm Yusharifuddin added that the children were believed to have been locked up and chained in a house by their mother, who does not live with them.

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