Educating the "illiterate" Judges of Maldives!

04 Sep

Haveeru reports that the verdict of the Criminal Court in the case of the four who raped a 12 year old girl in Kurendhu of Lhaviyani Atoll will be appealed by the Attorney General.

The court had passed a verdict on the four people of having sex with a minor and sentenced them to 8 months banishment. The magistrate had noted according to the report:

  1. The girl has reached puberty when the rape occured {ed: so she is up for grabs!}
  2. The girl had not screamed {ed: so she must have enjoyed it!}
  3. The girl had asked her step mother to keep it secret {ed: so she must have wanted more!}
  4. The girl had told a sister in law that nothing had happened {ed: so she wanted more orgies!}

Therefore, the magistrate had reason and grounds to believe that a rape (forced sex) had not occured. {We wonder what would happen if a gang rapes the magistrate and he is not able to scream, and later tell people not to talk about it!}

We believe that immediat action needs to be taken by the Parliament, the NGO lobby groups, and the Ministry of Gender and Family to sensitize the judges who are “illiterate” of the values of modern civilization.

The “illiteracy” of the Maldives Judicial System toward the protection of the rights of children and the prevention of child abuse was also evident on the TVM program “Ten to Eleven” which was aired sometime last week.

We would like to encourage all concerned persons to write their respective MPs to take legislative action to remedy this dire situation immediately.

Related Links: Haveeru / Children’s Rights Act / Haveeru Eng /


Posted by on September 4, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse, NGO Action


4 responses to “Educating the "illiterate" Judges of Maldives!

  1. Ameer

    September 6, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Correction:In my above comment, “It looks like the is giving…” should be replaced by “It looks like the media is giving…”

  2. Anonymous

    September 5, 2007 at 6:55 am

    The people are more concerned about food, shelter, and jobs. Politics is about who will rule the people. People don’t want to be ruled. So they want to get free of politics. That can only happen by sufficiency in food, shelter, and jobs. People in politics enjoy when the majority of people are faced with trouble.

  3. Ameer

    September 5, 2007 at 2:14 am

    It looks like the is giving more attention on this issue. Specially government media.I am still amazed to find that many people have not even heard about the incident. It shows the extent child abuse cases have been hidden from public eyes and the lack of media attention to this critical and dangerous issue. Specially people living in the islands and resorts (like me) needs to be made more aware about these issues and for this to happen, we would also need support from politically influencial people as the country is going under a huge political change and the people are more concerned about politics.

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