We have learnt that a teenage girl who accused her father of having abused her has been handed back to her father, after she ran away from home and was taken under the care of the Maldivian Consulate in Trivandrum. The details of the case are not clear.
The mother of the girl informed that when the authorities were contacted she was told she needed to buy the tickets, and they would arrange for her safe return to Male’. However, according to the mother, she was informed today after she went with the ticket that the girl has agreed to go back to her father and that they cannot help the mother to bring her back to Male’.
Officials within the government who were contacted by Child Rights activists were told that there is nothing that they can do as the father is the legal guardian. And that the child has agreed to go back to the father. Ofcourse, we can imagine how that would be. They also say that the case cannot be even recognized unless it is reported to the Police. The mother is yet hesitant to go the Police as there is little likelihood that anything will come out of it.
Child Rights activists group NOOR is looking for a lawyer who can advice or help the mother of the child in this case. Those interested may contact NOOR or leave a comment to this post.
We will report as the details are verified and confirmed.