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Rally held to protest against child abuse

Haveeru Online wrote:

A rally was held in Malé on Saturday to protest against the increasing number of child abuse cases in the country and to demand stricter penalties for child abusers. A petition was signed by the participants and President Mohamed Nasheed also participated in the march.

During the rally, organized by several NGOs, the participants called on the People’s Majlis to establish a legal system in which child abusers would be given harsher penalties.

Around 500 people participated in the march which began near the Social Centre and ended at the Artificial Beach area. Protesters carried placards and posters with slogans calling for an end to child abuse.

Several prominent figures such as Dr Aminath Jameel of the Health and Family Mininstry, some MPs, and President of the Human Rights Commission Ahmed Saleem also participated in the march. The participants marched through Majeedhee Magu and ended it at the Artificial Beach, where a gathering was held.

Speaking at the gathering, President Mohamed Nasheed said that child abuse was on the rise not only because of lack of laws and regulations but also due to lack of qualified judges who could more adequately interpret the existing laws. He also said that the increase in reported cases of child abuse recently was due to public awareness and readiness to discuss the issue.

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Posted by on June 22, 2009 in Media Reports, NGO Action


Paedophile attack sparks awareness march

Minivan News reports:

An eight-year-old boy was sexually and physically abused by the driver of a van which the boy was washing, on Haa Alifu atoll Hoarafushi, according to several sources.
A group of three islanders saw the van in an empty parking lot and found the boy being assaulted by Hussain Naseer, 21, said Ibrahim Adam, a local mechanic from Hoarafushi.
Police say they were informed by the victim’s family and Naseer was taken to into custody for questioning.

Ilyas Ibrahim, Hoarafushi assistant island police chief, said the suspect was being held at Dhidhdhoo island police station.

Upon hearing about the incident, Ibrahim and a group of around 50 people, composed of leaders from local associations and local youth, organised an awareness march which will take place tomorrow.

“[We will start] in front of island office… we will walk with different types of slogans and stop at places and raise our voice against the crime,” said Ibrahim, speaking to Minivan news today.
Although the boy had no relation to Nasseer, the owner of the van is friends with the boy’s uncle, and provided the family with financial support.

He added that the boy and his three older siblings had been born out of wedlock, and their mother left them earlier this year to live on Villingili island.

Tomorrow’s march will end at the jetty area where different people including government officials and youth will give speeches.

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Posted by on June 19, 2009 in Media Reports, NGO Action


Criminal past of dead baby's mother revealed

A mother accused of beating her eight-month-old baby boy to death had a long history of criminal activity, according to both police and the prosecutor general’s office.

Nooruzaadha Ali, 28, from Addu atoll Hithadhoo, was arrested twice in 2002, once for sexual misconduct and the second time for prostitution, said Deputy Prosecutor General Hussein Shameem. She was sentenced to eight months house arrest for the first offence, which she breached, and six months imprisonment for the second. The same year, she was put under house arrest for disobedience of order, which she violated and was fined Rf150 (US$12).

In 2006, she was arrested on the same charge and was ordered to spend two months in jail. In 2004, Nooruzaadha was handed a six-year sentence for possession of drugs and in 2005 and 2007, she was given two 12-year sentences on each occasion for drug possession.

Adding to her litany of offences, Police Sergeant Ahmed Shiyam said Nooruzaadha had been arrested in 2004 for mugging someone and twice in 2005 for drug possession and dealing.

The eight-month-old baby died in the intensive care unit of Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital a week ago. The baby had severe head and neck injuries, scratches all over and showed signs of having been sexually abused, according to police.

Three people, including Nooruzaadha and her boyfriend, Mohamed Waheed, 46, from Male’ had been arrested. The third man is currently under investigation and has not yet been named.

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Posted by on June 19, 2009 in Deaths, Media Reports, Risks for Children


HRCM holds consultation on trafficking

Minivan News 13 May 2009:

The Human Rights Commission Maldives (HRCM) held a national consultation on women and child trafficking yesterday at its offices.

The objective of the consultation was to prepare a paper to review the SAARC Convention on Prevention and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution.

The meting was held jointly with the International Organisation for Migration in Bangladesh with assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

At the opening ceremony, HRCM President Ahmed Saleem and Mazeena Jameel, permanent secretary of the ministry of health and family, both made statements regarding the role and current status of trafficking in the Maldives.

Representatives from the ministry, as well as from the ministry of foreign affairs, the Maldives Police Services, UNICEF, the department of immigration and emigration, and NGO Child Abuse Watch Maldives attended.

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Posted by on May 14, 2009 in CAWM, Media Reports, NGO Action


Sexual Abuse of Daughters: reported by Miadhu

Miadhu 1 May 2009:

Maldives Police Services have revealed that they have commenced investigations in to allegations of sexual abuse of 2 daughters by the father.

At the Thursday Police media briefing held at Shaheed Hussain Adam Building, Head of Family and Child Protection Unit of Maldives Police Services Inspector Mirufath Faiz said the case of 68 year old Hussain Adam of White Rose of Hdh Kulhudhufushi sexually abusing his own daughters by intimidation was reported to Laamu Fonadhoo Police Station on 23 April.

Inspector Mirufath also revealed that during the course of the investigations the accused had confessed to sexually abusing his 2 daughters and despite repeated complaints of sexual assaults from the daughters, the mother had ignored the matter.

“Investigations reveal that Hussain Adam regularly tortured and intimidated the mother and the daughters and as a result of such intimidation and pain, the family was forced to accept and tolerate such evil action. The mother had agreed to keep the door of their room open while she and her daughters change clothes because of fear. He has married several times and we are not clear on how many children he has, but according to information he has children all over the country” the Inspector said.

According to Inspector Mirufath, Hussain Adam has been sexually abusing his 2 daughters since they were five year olds. She informed that Hussain Adam’s daughters are now 13 and 16 years and that so far no attempt was made to provide them with any education.



Group gathers near convicted pedophile’s house: Haveeru

Haveeru DATE: 2009-04-09

A group of people gathered outside the house of a man who was convicted of sexually abusing several young children some years ago, protesting against the fact that the man was tutoring children at his house.

Jennifer Latheef, leading activist of a group named “Noor” which tries to create awareness about relevant issues in the country, said that the objective of the protest was to show how serious the crime that he had committed was and to create awareness among parents about the dangers of sending their children to such a man.

She said that around twenty members of the group would gather outside the house of the former school teacher for two hours every day for a week. The pedophile had served his sentence after being found guilty by the Court and had started a tuition class for children once he was released.



Posted by on April 9, 2009 in Media Reports, NGO Action


Petition to Increase Punishment for Paedophiles: Miadhu

A petition to be sent to parliament saying that the punishment for the child sex abuse offenders are too lenient and which calls the Parliament to increase the punishment, had gained 600 signatures. The petition is organized by the “Noor”.

Jenifer Latheef one of the organizers says that while the number of cases had been increasing the punishment for the heinous crime is far too lenient. She also said there are concerns among the public on the lack of legal protection available for the children and current drafts states 15 years as the punishment for the crime, which she says is too lenient. She said that any Maldivian who is above 18 years old can sign the petition.

The petition which began last Tuesday had already gained 600 signatures. The petition is open for the entire Maldives; however, signatures are only being gathered in capital Male at this moment. Petition is being sent to other islands and will also be sent schools, business entities and resorts.

Full article here

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Posted by on April 9, 2009 in Media Reports, NGO Action


Bill Submitted to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse: Miadhu Report

Maidhu Online report
24th March 2009:

Male’ MP Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra) has submitted a draft bill to the People’s Majlis on Monday calling on the government to provide harsh punishment to those who sexually abuse children. The bill also proposes that such sentences may not be lightened.

In presenting the bill, Ibra said that he had, in the past, attempted to submit a similar bill and that he was submitting the bill, at a time when the term of Majlis is about to end, as he believed that it would be improper to vacate the Majlis without doing something to save the children of the country from the immense danger they face. He said by submitting the bill he intended to achieve two objectives.

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Posted by on March 24, 2009 in Media Reports, Parliament

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