Dutch mayors can impose curfew on disruptive minors
The curfew will make parents responsible for ensuring their children remain indoors and stay out of trouble in the evening.THE HAGUE – Dutch mayors can now impose an evening curfew on children under the age of 12.
Under the proposal, parents will be held responsible for ensuring their young children remain indoors. Parents who fail to do so could face criminal charges.
The measure is designed to combat problems caused by young troublemakers and to make parents more aware of their responsibilities in raising their children.
If parental control fails, officials could intervene and help the family.
The measure is part of a new, broader legislation which grants mayors and public prosecutors wider powers to take preventative measures.
The proposal, which was approved by the lower house of parliament Tuesday, was put forward by the Labour Party.
The justice ministry and city council have set aside EUR 2.5m for the two-year-long-experiment.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica