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Unconfirmed talk that a seventeen year old girl raped in Villingili


There are unconfirmed reports that a girl may have been raped in Villingili, the satellite island which is 8 minutes by ferry from the capital, Male’. The girl is believed to be seventeen years old and street talk has it that she was under the care of a child care facility before the incident. It is not yet clear whether she was living there or has been handed over to family members.

The local media has not reported the incident and child care officials nor the Maldives Police Service have reported the rape.

It is quite common place in the Maldivian Society for parents and family to silence such matters and keep them under the carpet for the “honor” of the family. Child rape and sexual molestation is common place in Maldives and a lack of legal and institutional mechanisms, as well as a lack of capacity of law enforcement and child care agencies mean that the situation of children are pathetic.

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Posted by on March 22, 2011 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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