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Jail terms for child abuse sends ‘clear message’ Listen
Two women have been jailed after pleading guilty to abusing a four-year-old girl they were looking after for a friend. The violence was so bad, the girl needed surgery to treat a brain haemorrhage, and the judge said the abuse was only carried out for fun. Chan Tin-yau and Fung Ka-po were given two years and eight months behind bars for child abuse, and Chan also got an extra two months for a drugs offence. Annemarie Evans asked psychiatrist May Lam, a board member of a charity for vulnerable children, Variety Hong Kong, if she thinks this is an appropriate sentence:
‘Probing reason behind suicides grating for bereaved family members’ Listen
Offering condolences to someone who's just lost a loved one is never easy, and when the death is the result of suicide, it can be even harder to find the right words. Researchers from the University of Hong Kong's social work department says it's best just to offer support. They've carried out a study on people who've gone through the ordeal of losing a family member in this way, and found that they most dislike being asked the reasons behind the suicide. One of the researchers, Dr Amy Chow, spoke to Ben Tse: