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Mother and sister charged with forced prostitution of 14 year old girl…

The mother and sister of a 14 year old girl has been charged with forcing the girl into prostitution, the local medial has reported today. The proceedings of the case were held at the Criminal Court today.

Sun reports that the girl was forced into prostitution last year. It has also reported that the mother and daughter has tried to force another girl into prostitution. The newspaper also reported that by the Law on Special Measures to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse, Article 19 (a) – those who are responsible for forcing children into prostitution will be sentenced to a jail term of 20 to 25 years.

The sister of the victim is also reported to have given birth to a child out of wedlock in India, and the case is also being prosecuted by the PG according to Haveeru.

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Posted by on March 15, 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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18 year-old woman gang raped

An 18-year-old woman was raped by three men, aged between 24 to 28, on a beach on Gaafu Dhaalu atoll Vaadhoo on Friday, according to police.

The victim went missing at 3pm and at nightfall, when her family went to look for her, they found her on a beach, according to her mother. Speaking to Minivan News, the woman said she was called by her boyfriend who asked her to meet him, but when she arrived, he, along with two other men, raped her.

She added she had never met her boyfriend before and they had only spoken over the phone. A friend of the family, Mohamed Hussein, said she was raped once at 4pm and then again at 6pm before she was found by her family at 9.30pm.

At 10pm, the girl’s father went to the island office where they called the police and the three men were arrested, said Island Chief Mohamed Ibrahim.

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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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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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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