PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31, 2015:
The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is prepared to shelter pregnant unmarried teenagers who have been abandoned by their families.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim stressed that such a measure was not meant to encourage such incidents but to protect and ensure the well-being of affected individuals.
“There are situations where parents are not ready to accept their pregnant daughters, so it is our responsibility to play a role to address the issue,” she told reporters here today.
Earlier, she launched a “Family With A Mission” Camp organised by non-governmental organisation, Focus on the Family Malaysia.
One hundred and twenty-five participants from 30 families are participating in the three-day and two-night activity.
On the Health Ministry’s report on Thursday that there were approximately 4,500 cases of out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies in Malaysia yearly, Rohani said her ministry had already established shelter homes for the purpose.
“After receiving treatment at a government hospital, the girls are sent to a shelter home and provided counselling by the Social Welfare Department.
“They will continue to attend school and their infants will be taken care of by the department. We usually ask them whether they want to keep their babies or not,” she said.