I have been feeling uneasy ever since I read on haveeru news about the sentence that practically free a teacher who is convicted of child molestation in the Maldives.
Yes, I am talking about the Qari Thaufeeq case- where the Criminal Court of Maldives, sentenced 15 lashes and 6 months banishment for act of child molestation, yet he gets to walk free- as Criminal Court allows gives a free pass- a first time offence!? NOW that made me angry, really angry.
What about the kids? They will be haunted by this for life, their parents will carry this sadness forever.
“Child Abuse has been defined as an act, or failure to act, on the part of a parent or caretaker that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, Sexual Abuse, or exploitation of a child, or which places the child in an imminent risk of serious harm (42 U.S.C.A. § 5106g)”
Even though this doesn’t involve me personally, I am affected personally. I feel that this is simply injustice towards all of us, each and everyone must be concerned.
Where is the Gender Ministry today? What about Prosecutor General? Where are the NGOs? Why is everyone quiet on this subject!
I admit my research on this subject is limited, yet I find this subject neglected in our society, while some countries are proactive to protect their future generation, we sit and let it slide by, thinking that it is someone else’s problem.
“The sexual abuse and exploitation of children is one of the most vicious crimes conceivable, a violation of mankind’s most basic duty to protect the innocent.”James T. Walsh
Some of the reports on this subject in our country tells us that we, our future generation is in grave danger:
“Alongside providing details of these allegations, official police figures given to Minivan News have indicated that a total of 163 sexual abuse cases were reported last year. The same statistics also revealed that 108 sexual abuse cases had been reported up to the end of May 2011. According to these figures, 30 of these cases allegedly involved victims aged between 2 to 12 years” -report by Aishath Shazra, July 2011, Minivan News
“Among the main issues affecting children and women in the Maldives are gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation, including sexual and other forms. A 2006 Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences found that 12% of women aged 15-49 reported that they had been sexually abused before the age of 15. Approximately 1 in 3 women (34.6%) aged 15-49 reported experiencing at least one form of physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime.” -report by UNICEF, http://www.unicef.org/maldives/children_3434.htm
We still seem to keep quiet- tolerate- and move on with life. But I cant seem to move on, I want to see Justice for victims and I will not stop speaking about this! My only solace… JUSTICE for victims