United Kingdom

Proposed UK Law Would Prosecute Parents For Not Loving Their Children Enough

That might require a new bureaucracy

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Parents who deliberately starve their children of love and affection could be guilty of a criminal offence under new plans to be put before MPs.

 A proposed change to the child neglect laws would make "emotional abuse" of a child a crime for the first time, alongside physical or sexual harm.

Mark Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP, is leading the calls for Britain's "Dickensian" child neglect laws to be updated, ending an anomaly which means that it is crime to inflict psychological abuse on adults but not children.