On 15th and 16th April 2010, the local press reported another serious case of child abuse. A 3-year-old child was battered to death on Tuesday, 14th April. The initial findings of a post-mortem revealed that Jasmine Lee’s body was covered with more than 60 injury marks – indicating that she may have been tortured. It is believed that the victim had been abused for more than a month and that she had been assaulted on a daily basis. The couple detained over the suspected abuse of the child have tested positive for the synthetic party drug syabu.
This tragic event reveals the indescribable suffering inflicted on this innocent child and also the horrific cruelty of her murderers. Unfortunately, there is more to come.
A neighbour said he frequently heard the sound of a child screaming or crying late at night and early morning. Almost every day, he heard this child crying and the sound of a woman scolding her but he did not know it was abuse. He and other neighbours had been hearing the cries for over a month but did not want to get involved.
May this serve as a warning to all of us that, whenever we encounter something that appears to be evil, our deathly silence and non-involvement may result in tragedies which could otherwise be avoided.