Category Archives: Attitude to Abuse

The Girl in a Wheel Chair "parked" outside the Mosque

The other day a girl in a wheel chair was “parked” in front of the gate to Orchid Magu, Bandaara Miskiiy. She was there when people came out of the mosque after the Asr prayers. She was in the heat of the sun.

A person wearing a mundu and a shirt came and wheeled her away after the prayers. He probably had gone into the mosque for prayers leaving the girl there.

The man is seen quite often around the bazaar wheeling the girl-child who has a walking-disability. It is a pathetic sight. We cannot understand why the person has to walk around with the girl, displaying her in a manner that is perceived to attract sympathy.

It may be quite inappropriate to give a judgement on how right or wrong this act is. But we feel that this is a situation of child abuse by mistreatment to the child.

CAWM will take up the matter with Child Protection Services to highlight the plight of this girl and take necessary action to stop this abuse. We would like to call upon all like minded persons to take up the issue with relevant government authorities and civil service agencies.

This is just a case of lack of awareness of childrens’ rights in our society.


"Worst Child Abuse Case" Uncovered

Tampa Bay Online ( has reported:

PINELLAS PARK – A 12-year-old boy, his body battered and burned, was kept in an empty bedroom with no furniture and only a bucket to relieve himself.

Authorities said Friday that if the boy tried to come out of the room, an ironing board propped up against the door would fall, sounding an alert. Pulled out of school last year, he was told to simply read the Bible every day. “This is absolutely the worst child abuse case I’ve seen,” Pinellas Park Police Department Capt. Michael Haworth said Friday. As the boy recovered from his injuries at a hospital, his mother and the man with whom they lived, Reginald Neil Carr, were being held at Pinellas County Jail.

For more please visit here.

This is a story that clearly shows how child abuse is not tolerated by the more civilized socities though it is brushed aside as “simply not true” in more traditional and uncivilized socities. We have to grow up and enter the doors of civilization in Maldives, where we put children’s welfare and rights as a top priority.

The fact that the wrong that is ongoing is reported does not mean that the society is backward or uncivilized. It simply means that the society takes responsibly and acts appropriately in the face of wrong. We take months to attend to children abused in our midst, because they are not the priority.


Posted by on October 1, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse


Taking infants for a ride! Can the government restrict it?

AafathisNET reports that an accident involving a motorist who had taken an infant for a ride without the mandatory safety jacket. Apparently the accident did not result in any fatal injuries as both motorist had been riding at low speeds.

The report argues that the streets of Male’ are heavily packed with traffic and therefore not quite safe for riding with infants especially without the mandatory safety jacket. However, the report highlights that a parent has said that he believe he should have the freedom to take his child on his motorbike without any restrictions by the authorities.

Apparently the Attorney General’s Office has issued caution to all motorists that those violating the mandatory requirement when riding with an infant will be charged under the relevant section of the Law on Land Vehicles. The punishment for violating the same is banishment for six months to a year or house arrest and withholding of license for a period of one to two years.

Child abuse by neglect is a major issue in the Maldives. Authorities have promised to act responsibly in relations to these “horrendous” acts of abuse, yet the translation of these promises into action is yet to be seen in a manner that is commensurat with those promises.

We would like to call on all parties to act responsibly in safeguarding the lives of children.


Posted by on September 17, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse, Risks for Children


Does Islam Perpetuate Child Abuse

CAWM would like to remain indepdent. However, the following comment from Anonymous is quite inaccurate and does not reflect the faith of Islam nor of its Prophet Muhammadh (PBUH).

“Islam is perpetuating a large amount of child abuse because Mohammed is the perfect man in the eyes of muslims. He “married” babies and commited child abuse.” Anonymous

Child abuse knows no legal, social or religous boundaries. It is unfortunate that some single out Islam as the culprit (which it is not) in child abuse. It is the conditions that promote child abuse, not any particular religion or faith:

Artcile on Child Abuse in America
Child Abuse statistics USA
Bush reward Child Abuse

The USA is the world’s top democracy. There is no one that can challenge the rights that are accorded to any human in the USA. Yet Abu Ghraib is a reality and Guntanemo Bay is a reality for which the Bush Administration only knows the justifications. We cannot or need not blame the US forefathers for the wrongs that are committed by individuals.


Posted by on September 16, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse


President Nelson Mandela on Chld Abuse

SANTAC reports that President Mandela said:

The Abuse of children has become a question worldwide in various forms. […] One of the problems, as I think and I would like to mention here, is that many of the people who abuse children are parents, uncles and breadwinners and that the wife, although she knows what is happening, does not want to report this matter because it might lead to the arrest of the breadwinner.

And she therefore keeps quiet and the police can not get evidence that the child has been molested. That means, that the children themselves, no matter how young, if they are able to walk and to talk that if the child is molested, she must just walk to the police station and say I have been molested I want to be …. (and need support?).

But we cant succeed even in that if we don’t plan very well. It is necessary, that in every street, in every village, there must be somebody, preferable a child who is a guardian against the abuse of children and to whom children can go and confess. She can then go straight to the police and to report. But there is no use talking about principles without taking practical steps and I am sure, that when we fight against the abuse of children if the Government want the better with the communities, that in every street, there must be a child, who is intelligent, who is brave, who is going to make sure that she knows what is happening in her area and is able to report everything to the police.


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Posted by on September 11, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse


GMA Declares War on Child Abuse

Manila Standard Today reports:

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has signed Proclamation 1137 declaring “Child Abuse Prevention Year” until October 2007, making the Philippines the first country to issue such a declaration. “It is time to take concrete actions nationwide to stop the threats to the health and welfare of our children,” Mrs. Arroyo said during the launching of the year-long program at the Asilo de San Vicente de Paul in Manila yesterday.

Based on recent studies done by the University of the Philippines-Child Protection Unit and the Philippine Resource Network, more than 1.5 million Filipino children live on the streets, begging for food and often engaged in criminal activity with a third being prostituted. Another 3.5 million children from 5 to 17 years old are forced to work despite a legislation outlawing child labor. […]

“The safety of the Filipino child has been and still is being seriously threatened and there is urgent need to remind us of this very important value of protecting the child and preventing abuse. The Filipino people strongly believe that a child is a gift from Almighty God,” Mrs. Arroyo said. […]

Majority of the child abuse cases involved physical abuse, followed by psychological abuse, sexual molestation, forced sex and neglect.

The Philippine policy to protect the rights of children is enshrined no less in Article XV of the 1987 Constitution, which provides that “the State shall defend the right of the children to assistance, in-protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation and other conditions prejudicial to their development.” […]

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Posted by on September 10, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse


Recap: Blast from Commitments in the Past

The Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Security, Republic of Maldives; speaking at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Children, 8-10 May 2002, New York; said,

“Mr. President.
Some of the major challenges before my country today include the geographical severity, diseconomies of scale due to the scattered nature of the population, strains on the family unit due to the erosion of the traditional culture, the high incidence of divorce and rapid urbanization. In addition, the breaking up of families adversely effects the social and psychological development as well as the well being of children and women.

Despite such challenges, we have success stories to tell and positive trends to report in the area of protecting child rights. In our quest for a better future, we have proclaimed a National Vision 2020 in which we have envisaged to educate every child, to provide environments that foster self-confidence and self esteem, to cater for the needs of children with disabilities and to prevent all forms of child abuse. Furthermore. our 6th National Development Plan, reinforces this vision, by planning to review the existing laws on the protection of children and to strengthen enforcement measures. Preparations are underway for establishing appropriate legal and judicial frameworks to deal with children’s issues. By the same token, we have begun to assess the situation of children to identify and target services for vulnerable groups. The creation of an institutional mechanism for providing alternative family care is underway. The emerging issue of adolescent health and well-being will be addressed as a prioriy in the coming years.

We in the Maldives believe that investing in children and generating opportunities for them is the only way to ensure a healthier, wealthier and a happier future for our country. To that end, we are encouraging greater initiative and participation by the private sector and the civil society actors. …”

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Posted by on September 6, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse


Educating the "illiterate" Judges of Maldives!

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


Inaya … cyber harassers targeting local girls!

Inaya says, in her Haveeru feature:

It is one thing to take funny pictures and share it with friends and laugh at the good times, but quite another thing when those same pictures are on the web for the viewing pleasures of perverts, pedophiles and god knows what else!

This is a reality for growing up girls as well as young boys in our midst. It is very important that we refrain from supporting such activities. We can refuse visiting such sites or sponsoring sites that feature children’s pictures that can be used for “viewing pleasures of perverts, pedophiles” and such other people.

Related Links: Haveeru /

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Posted by on September 3, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse, Risks for Children


Four suspects to be handed over to AG Office

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.

Related Links: Jazeera / Iru Observer

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Posted by on September 3, 2007 in Attitude to Abuse, Govt. Action

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