Children often became the victims of domestic abuse and neglect when their parents are stressed by messy divorce battles, Malaysia's Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie has claimed.
The Star quoted Kie, as saying that her department has so far received 2,961 cases of child abuse in 2010 as compared to 2,789 in 2009.
"The higher divorce rate among Muslim couples is also worrying," she said after launching The Children's Forum here on Saturday.
Heng said there were 27,116 divorces involving Muslim couples in 2009 compared to 22,289 in 2008.
Heng also urged children to treasure their parents and the elderly before regretting when it is too late.
She said every effort must be made to reduce the pain of the empty nest syndrome, which causes both loneliness and depression.