Deadly Silence

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.

One Reply to “Deadly Silence”

  1. We (Christians) have been mandated salt and light to this world that takes silence as legal assent to …whatever, present at that or any moment in the public air. We have been politely and humbly guilty of not being salt and light enough.
    But John(the Baptist ) did speak up in the public air against Herod the tetrach,a government official, about his adulterous relationship with Herodias, some 2000 years ago, and lost his head for that. Where do I (we) stand today? Will Jesus mention me to his father or not?

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