Parental responsibility is described in section 23 of the Children’s Act as all the duties, rights, powers, responsibilities and authority which a parent has in relation to the child. The duties include the duty to maintain the child and provide them with food, shelter, medical care, education, clothing and the duty to protect the child from neglect, discrimination and abuse. In a nutshell, it is the responsibility to provide for the financial, physical, mental and emotional needs of the child.
Section 20 of the Children Act prescribes a penalty for infringing the rights of a child. It states that such a person shall be liable to a term of imprisonment up to twelve months, or to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand shillings, or both. Section 127 also provides for a penalty for cruelty to and neglect of children. Such a person commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand shillings, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or to both.
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