RBPF urges public to stop circulation of photos

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) is urging members of the public to stop circulating images of a shackled young boy that went viral on Thursday via social media.

The photo that showed the boy with a chained right leg had its authenticity confirmed by the RBPF in a statement issued last night.

It was established that the young boy is 14 years old and was found wandering around as in the circulated photo.

The father of the child was called in for investigations and it is currently being investigated as a case under Section 28 (1) of the Children and Young Persons Act, Chapter 219.

The case has also been forwarded to the Department of Community Development and relevant school authorities for further action, especially in terms of the child’s welfare and family.

The young boy was taken to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital for a medical examination and was then successfully placed into the Welfare Home Complex in Kg Belimbing, Subok.

He was initially found wandering by a member of the public.

The RBPF, in its statement, expressed its gratitude to members of the public that had informed the police of the situation.

The circulation of the image, however, is to be stopped to safeguard the child’s identity and well-being.

Any speculation regarding the image and the young boy is to be stopped as well.

The case remains under police investigation.

The Brunei Times