Haveeru reports that a 15 year old girl who went to Hithadhoo Regional Hospital in Addu has been allegedly sexually abused by a physiotherapist there. The person who is alleged to have committed this act is an Indian national working at the hospital. He had asked everyone to keep out of the physiotherapy room and was inside, alone with the girl, when she suddenly screamed and burst out of the room. Read more here in Dhivehi.
The Maldives Police Service says they are investigating the alleged incident. It can be monthy before any justice is possible for the girl, going by the recent past events of this nature.
CAWM feels that incidents of this nature occur, as proper abuse prevention mechanisms are not built into standard operating procedures of institutions who serve the public, especially children.
November 19, 2007 at 2:24 am
kamila. i believe you have to “know” where the sentiments are coming from. its not about cutting balls off. its about the lethargy and the inadequacy of the state to protect children from sexual abuse. where pedophiles have been protected i can understand the sentiments. but ofcourse you have a right to your point of view.
November 18, 2007 at 8:46 pm
Ok, anonymous. Fair enough.Every time “anyone” is accused by “anyone” for child or sexual abuse we will all go ahead and torture the bastard, cut-off his balls, gouge his eyes out, and feed everything to the sharks off Hithadhoo harbor!Fine by me! That would be JUSTICE! Yup. No doubt. That would be JUSTICE!
November 18, 2007 at 12:51 pm
There is no way a fair investigation could be carried out. There are no written procedures in how to carry out such an investigation
November 18, 2007 at 6:31 am
What bull are you kamilla and the one next talking about.It is not awareness that is lacking. If the authorities cannot provide or garantee protection then people will call doctors or who ever physiotherapist or dentists names. Child abuse is not a joke.
November 17, 2007 at 11:56 pm
Very true, i agree with kamila, and from the report it seems like more awareness is what is needed to create between people in the islands. A doctor or whatever does not have the right to be alone with a patient without the patients consent. So once again the need to create awareness rather than pointing fingers now…
November 17, 2007 at 10:25 pm
Aren’t we reacting a little too quickly? I guess it is the deep distrust that we all have in the authorities that makes us so judgmental, without really knowing what the truth is.I have no idea if the events described in the Haveeru article is of good journalistic credentials. It is easy to believe that something wrong did happen, but not enough time has passed, not enough effort has gone into an investigation and certainly it is way too soon for us to convincingly say how things happened and what actually happened.If there was abuse, slice the damn guys dick-off and feed it to the sharks off Hithadhoo!!! But till the evidence is in, lets make sure we don’t hurt the victim or the accused more by adding salt to the wound….and why did you, anonymous, bring in this doctor issue? It was a physiotherapist. Not a doctor. Do you have something against doctors? Speak up if you have one.It is terrible that something (?abuse) has happened. Our speculation only adds insult to the victim.
November 17, 2007 at 9:25 pm
Latest news.This physio is to be sent to his country as soon as possible. People of Addu, wake up . justice is not done. Tomorrow it might be your kid.
November 17, 2007 at 9:24 pm
This is going on for too long. As some one else mentioned we need to stand up for our rights. Make our voice heard.
November 17, 2007 at 9:23 pm
Angers me deeply.
November 17, 2007 at 9:21 pm
The standing procedures of institutions need to be supported by some kind of legal Act. There is no Medical Act, no nothing. So far these acts haven’t been given a thought is if they do exist it will be more difficult for the doctors to rip patients money.
November 17, 2007 at 9:01 pm
Next it will be your child. these doctors are doing what ever they want. It is high time that public stood up against this form of abuse from doctors.
November 17, 2007 at 8:40 pm
Moya .. thibunee hama thedheh. bodu balaaeh. Adhives mi meehunakah neygey parliament involve kuraakah mikamaa hedhi.
November 17, 2007 at 8:08 pm
from what have happened before.. my guess is .. they will most probably deport the guy.and thats it.wasaalaam.