Jazeera has reported that the investigation of the gang who raped and sexually abused a girl in Villingili, a satellite island of Male’, eight minutes from the main island; will be completed shortly and the case rested with the Attorney General’s Office.
It was shocking to us, that the news item started by labelling the girl as a runaway, which will make people look down on her and doubt her dignity. The editor definitely does not have sensitization to child abuse matters. We would like to call upon all media stakeholders to ensure that the dignity of a child who is a victim of sexual abuse is dragged through the dirt. It is not a crime to runaway from home; and definitely not one punishable by public announcement. CAWM will take up the matter with the Ministry of Information by official mail.
It was the calous attitude of the authorities in attending to the case of the Villingili rape and video distribution incident that triggered CAWM.