KHABAROVSK. September 30. VOSTOK-MEDIA – Today, the Legislative Duma of the Khabarovsk Krai has reviewed two draft laws concerning child rights. One of them relates to children who were given up at birth by their mothers and the other one is on the imposition of evening curfew on the minors under 16 years old. Both draft laws were approved in first reading.
There are five children’s homes in Khabarovsk Krai, where abandoned children and orphans are taken care of until they reach a certain age. Then they are sent to orphanages. Every year more than 350 children go through these homes for abandoned children. Two of them are located in Khabarovsk and the other three in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Komsomolsky District and Nikolayevsky District. The children often have to live in hospitals for a long while before they could be sent to one of the children’s homes. The bill should improve the current situation and supervision over the living and educational standards maintained for children in health care institutions.
The second bill imposes a curfew on minors under 16 years old. The curfew has been already imposed in several regions of the country. It would prohibit minors from loitering in public between 10 p.m. (11 p.m. in the summertime) and 6 a.m. Parents of minors who failed to follow the law will be imposed a fine. The bill enables law enforcement agencies to detain minors at public places, railroad stations, airports and a lot of other places.