The letter ‘Child burnt alive’ in your newspaper of May 04 was truly a wonderful write-up, and I hope an eye-opener for our government that has been slumbering for the last five years. There have been several cases of child abuse in Pakistan but I think that everyone needs to take an interest as well as responsibility. I can understand that there are poor parents who have no alternative than to put their children to work but there have to be laws in the country to put a stop to cruelty to children.

Children need love and care as well as discipline but that has to be within human endurance not cruelty. I have many friends who are beaten by their parents when they disobey them, I think that physical violence leaves heavy scars on children for years to come. I hope that children will be treated better in Pakistan in the future and someone will look to it that parents and the state are held responsible.

ZOYA RAHIM,

Lahore, May 6.