Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) urged public office holders yesterday to show more care for people living in their neighborhood, in light of the large number of child abuse cases reported in the country.
Making the call during a visit to a child and family aid center in southern Tainan City, Lu said the occurrence of these cases makes her wonder "where the hearts of Taiwan have gone" when people in the country are pursuing career success, wealth and fame.
Lu pointed out that a total of 10,094 child abuse cases were reported in 2006, up from 6,927 cases in 2001.
While the number could be under-reported, an average of four children are forced to commit suicide with their parents or die from physical abuse every month in Taiwan, Lu said.
Lu stressed that domestic affairs are national affairs and that there will be no national security if there is no security in the family.