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Hell for Children to be the Heaven for the Royal Couple for Honeymoon

Browzing through I read this article about the formal invitation extended to the new Royal Couple to be – Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton.

I just wondered, whether the Royal couple will have knowledge that if they accept this invitation, they will be spending their honeymoon with a backdrop of thousands of helpless infants and young children and “adult” children (as Maldivian culture deems it), who have not even an ounce of justice in their lifetime. That there is no hope for these children; who have been physically, psychologically, sexually abused and neglected by the majority – including the State.

The Royal Couple will be supporting and promoting a country with the likes of Zimbabwe, in terms of the atrocities that go unchecked on the streets of the capital and the rest of the islands. The State gets away with a simple set of excuses which include (i) no qualified personnel (ii) no money (iii) no Laws (iv) and the Powers are now autonomous.

We wish the Royal Couple will put the Lost Children of Maldives in a slot in their agenda so that at least one of the excuses given to make this country Hell for it’s Children is addressed by Royal Couple. Well aware that the Paradise Haven for the princesses is in fact garnished with a backrop of Hell for Children.

Related Links: Maldives Invites Royal Wedding Couple , Criminal Court imprisons Murdered Child’s Mother

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in CAWM


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Mother arrested for sexually abusing son

An eight-year-old boy who was sexually abused by his mother is being denied care by other islanders on Lhaviyani atoll Hinnavaru, because they are concerned he is too sexually experienced, an official reported.

The boy’s 40-year-old mother was arrested on Sunday, said Councillor Adam Yusuf, and neighbours believe the boy was sexually molested for over a year. “It seems that the mother was having an affair with his son,” said Adam.

Health Minister Dr Aminath Jameel raised concern over the case, saying “I wondered if the mother had a heart”.

The story first surfaced on Saturday evening, according to Adam, when the boy confided in a neighbour about the abuse. He said the case was reported to Hinnavaru police station and Lhaviyani atoll Naifaru Family and Children Service Centre on Sunday.

The boy lived with his mother and his one-month-old brother; both boys were born out of wedlock. “She lives isolated from the islanders,” said Adam of the boys’ mother. “She makes a living out of donations from islanders. Islanders are happy for arresting that cruel lady.”

Adam said the baby was in the care of his aunt, but no one was willing to accept the eight-year-old boy because “he might teach sex to other children”.

Minivan News full report here


Posted by on June 30, 2009 in CAWM


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Country unites to end child abuse

Minivan News report:

A march against child abuse united around 500 parents, politicians, NGOs and young people in the capital Male’ on Saturday, while a separate march was held in Haa Alifu atoll Hoarafushi the day before.

The rallies were organised independently of each other by local NGOs and civilians, galvanised to take action following cases of child abuse on each of the islands over the past few weeks.

Speaking to Minivan News, Mohamed Shihab from Child Abuse Watch Maldives, which helped organise the rally in Male’ said, “For me, the most important thing was to make this a civil rights movement and not a political issue.

“We were very specific to not involve political parties in the frontline… This is not a partisan activity. It is civil society working for children of the country.”

According to Fathimath Thanzeela (Thanzy), a member of community organisation NOOR, which also helped organise the rally, people were moved to act in Male’ following the death of an eight-month old baby boy on 12 June.

The baby died in the intensive care unit of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) after being severely beaten by his mother and her boyfriend, and showed signs of having been sexually abused.

Read the full report here


Posted by on June 23, 2009 in CAWM


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"Sir Also Did it to Me"

Dr. Abdulla Waheed writes:

The recent incident in Huvarafushi where a tuition teacher molested a 14-year-old boy highlights how often child abusers take advantage of their position as teachers, which automatically inspires trust especially if they teach certain respected subjects. But in this particular case the accused is a math teacher.

Mohamed Idrees, Saamaraage, Huvarafushi, allegedly took the 14 year old to his tuition center and lured him with porn videos before molesting him. According to the boy’s family Mohamed had done this on four separate occasions.

Interestingly, this case might never have seen the light of the day if not for a protest march organized by Huvarafushi youth following another case of child abuse involving Hussein Naseer, a 21-year old van driver, who allegedly molested an 8-year old boy. After the march, the 14-year old got the courage to come out and say, “Sir also did it to me.”

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Posted by on June 21, 2009 in CAWM


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Whose fault is it?

Minivan News reports:

A former member of the parole board has blamed the Department of Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Services (DPRS) for the recent death of an eight-month-old baby, who was beaten to death.

Aminath Eenas told Minivan News today that one of the suspects, the baby’s mother, Nooruzaadha Ali, 28, from Addu atoll Hithadhoo, had been serving a sentence for drug abuse when she was given leave to give birth.

Although her request for parole was rejected in 2008 because she was a repeat offender, Nooruzaadha was eventually given parole. The board decided she would continue her jail sentence a month after giving birth and the baby would be taken into care at the children’s home on Villingili.

But, said Eenas, Nooruzaadha’s sentence was not enforced by DPRS.

Eenas added she was “socially, mentally and physically” unfit. DPRS Director General Mohamed Rasheed said Nooruzaadha was released for six months to breast feed and care for the baby. At the end of the period, she was not returned to prison due to overcrowding.

Is it our fault the prison is overcrowded? Is it our fault there is no money to renovate? Or is it our fault that the crime rates are increasing?” he said.

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Posted by on June 14, 2009 in CAWM


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Man arrested for sexually abusing step-daughter

Minivan News reports:

A man from Noonu atoll Manadhoo was taken to police custody on Tuesday for sexually abusing his step-daughter, according to a police official. Sergeant Jamsheed Ali, station inspector, said the case was filed on Monday by the 15-year-old girl’s family and the Children’s Service Centre (CSC).

Ibrahim Rasheed, assistant manager of Noonu atoll hospital, said a medical examination of the victim on Wednesday revealed she had been sexually molested. He added he was unable to provide more information. Speaking to Minivan News today, the victim’s mother, 30, said she discovered her daughter had been sexually abused on Monday after she was informed by a team at the CSC.“I got the report when I was feeding my 11-month-old baby,” said the mother of seven.

“It was shocking. No one expected such a thing from him. For the past eight years he had been caring for his step-children as if he was their own father.”

She added her daughter was suffering from psychological damage.

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Posted by on June 10, 2009 in CAWM


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Child Abuse continues…

Minivan News 16 April 2009
Maryam Omidi:

A 54-year-old man was arrested yesterday for sexually assaulting a 14-yar-old boy in an abandoned house on Seenu atoll Hulhudhoo. Police conducted a small operation to arrest Ali Futha from Hulhudhoo following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Although he does not have a criminal record, police suspect Futha of being involved in sexually abusing four other boys, all under the age of 14. Inspector Abdulla Nawaz, acting head of the southern region, said he hoped there was sufficient evidence to forward the case to the prosecutor general’s office.

“But, we are not getting a positive response from the four boys…they are small boys and very much afraid, so we are not pressing them,” he said.

Nawaz described the four boys as “vulnerable” and said “they mostly just roam around the neighbourhood”. He added police officers from the child protection unit would be travelling to the island soon to help with the case.



Posted by on April 18, 2009 in CAWM


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Maldivians in Defense of Paedophiles

Yesterday I was sitting in ALFresco for a coffee with some of my coffee-cafe-colleagues when the subject of the protest against Naseem So for giving tuition to children at his house came up. These were men who had fought bitterly for reform and rights and for decocracy and human rights in this country. The men felt that what NOOR was doing now amounted to undue harassment of a law abiding citizen who had served time for his wrongdoing. After all, he has been convicted and punished. They believed that he had the right to lead a normal life. That it was the parents who sent their children to him for tuition; and the parents new that he was convicted of systemically sexually abusing his students when he was a teacher in Iskandhar School. So, when the parents decide to send their children to Naseem So for tuition it was ok.

The same sentiments were what I got from people on two separate occassions yesterday. And last night, according to Miadhu Daily Online, a group of people from the neighbourhood protested against the protestors. Maidhu reported that those who confronted the protestors asked why there should be a protest against a person who had served his punishment for something wrong such a long time ago, when there were paedophiles who were under investigation and not brought to justice.

This sympathy to Naseem so is very interesting. It shows our attitude to sexual child abuse as a people and a nation. The Ministry of Home Affairs also reacted against the petition being circulated by NOOR.

Maldives is really a haven for paedophiles!



Posted by on April 10, 2009 in CAWM



Petition calls for harsher penalties for paedophiles: Minivan

9 April 2009
Maryam Omidi

Over 600 people have signed a petition calling for the harshest penalties available for paedophiles. But organisers of the petition have come under attack for targeting one specfic convicted paedophile as part of their campaign.

The petition, started by organisation NOOR, is part of a wider campaign to raise awareness about paedophilia and will be presented to parliament after seven days.

It calls for a raft of amendments to a child protection bill proposed by MP Ibrahim Ismail last month, including protection of the victim’s identity, counselling for victim and perpetrator, no parole for crimes under the bill and witness protection.

Another of the proposed amendments refers to the evidence required in court for child sexual abuse cases.

Under the current law, conviction is largely dependent on the perpetrator’s confession and forensic evidence alone is considered insufficient.


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Posted by on April 10, 2009 in CAWM


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The Child is to Blame: Media Attitude to Abuse

Jazeera Daily in Male’ reported on September 26th that they have been told by the Maldives Police Services that the investigation of the “horrendous” rape of a young girl by a person now named as Ahmed Muhsin will be ready for sending to the Attorney General’s Office within two weeks. This is nearly two months after the actual rape occured, and one and a half months after investigation started. The President hinted in his Presidential Radio Address last, that child abuse would be given a top priority. Nothing meaningful has materialized to the public eye, since the promise. The public outrage also seem to have died down.

Almost every time, the case has been reported in the local media and by the police, they have always made sure that the subtext points to the girl having fled her home and living in hiding in Villingili. This concern, that the blame was being put on the child, was brought to the notice of the Child Protection Services by CAWM.

We have read here that: “… when a child mentions abuse the child should never be blamed. The adult should get the blame because a child cannot seduce an adult; the adult is responsible.”

So far the media or the police have not said anything more about the people who abused the girl except this one name: they have their rights as the “alleged”. The child, though has been branded and degraded as a dishonorable kid. Nobody has bothered to explain what made her run-away. Her side of the story has been kept out while putting the blame on her for running away.

The sick truth of the Maldivian attitude to child sexual abuse!

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Posted by on September 29, 2007 in CAWM


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