“[…] The third issue that the President highlighted in his address was that of the rights of children and recent reports of cases of abuse against children. He emphasised that we, as a society, should be ashamed that such incidents were happening in the Maldives. He said that the issue warranted the attention of all the people, and that a speedy solution must be found on a nationwide scale. He added that the government was reviewing additional measures that could be implemented in all avenues to stop such horrendous acts, including stronger action that could be adopted through the criminal justice system against perpetrators of child abuse.” President’s Office: August 31, 2007
Much of the neglect and mistreatment of children in this country occur due to lack of capacity and adequate mechanisms to ensure a safe environment for children in this country. The fact is that we have failed in creating family conditions conducive to child welfare.
I wonder why he did not say, he as the President, was ashamed of the atrocities happening against children in his country under his watch.
The President makes the calls, but there are few in his government who take things that he says that seriously.