China to crack down crimes that violate minors

August 21st, 2011 - 11:12 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 21 (IANS) China has ordered a crackdown on crimes that “violate the interests of minors” in a bid to “safeguard social stability”, a top official said.

Chinese vice minister of public security Huang Ming ordered the operation Saturday, Xinhua reported.

Huang ordered police to investigate and destroy criminal gangs, and intervene to prevent children from being forced into criminal activities, the ministry said in a statement.

The minister called on police to beef up community patrols to ensure street children are protected from those who attempt to prey on them.

Vice Premier Hui Liangyu earlier said providing assistance and protection to street children was vital to building a harmonious society.

The government has said efforts will be made to help street children return to their guardians and obtain legal assistance if their rights are violated.

Street orphans will be placed in the care of welfare institutions or foster families if their guardians cannot be found, it stated.

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