Abused by the step-father – Injustice again.

Posted March 1, 2013 from Maldives

Flogging for a 15 year girl is unacceptable when it was the step-father who abused her while she was under his care. The girl is being questioned and humiliated unjustly.

Is it fair for the girl to be flogged while the man goes free? The situation is gloomy and the politicians are not taking action by stating “The government fully understands she is a victim. Since this is an Islamic affair we don’t want to unilaterally say things,”

see for detail http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/maldives-govt-urges-isl...

shocking- Victim of a system - http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA29/001/2013/en

Please see the detail - http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/maldives-girl-sexuall...

Please take a moment and sign the petition to stop violence in Maldives. This is yet another reason for helping. Too many victims struggling under injustice.

Sign and share http://www.change.org/petitions/help-to-bring-justice-to-maldivian-peopl...

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  • JaniceW
    Mar 01, 2013
    Mar 01, 2013

    I am in disbelief that such injustice coud be taking place. It is at once unbelievable and shocking.

    Amnesty International has posted an appeal to write immediately in English or your own language, urging the Maldivian authorities to:  Release the girl immediately and unconditionally, including ending the house arrest, and ensure that she is not flogged or otherwise punished;  Ensure that the judicial process is initiated in order to overturn the conviction for “fornication”;  Ensure that she has access to adequate and appropriate protective and support services;  End the practice of flogging as a form of punishment and act to amend Maldivian law to remove the provisions that allow flogging, as well as those that criminalise “fornication”.

    PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 11 APRIL 2013 TO: President Dr Mohamed Waheed The President's Office Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male' 20113 Republic of Maldives Fax: (960) 332 5500 Email: http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv/Index.aspx?lid=6 (via form) Salutation: Dear President

    And copies to: Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Abdul Samad Abdullah Block number 77, Henveiru, Boduthakurufaanu Magu Fax: (960) 3323841 Email: consular@foreign.gov.mv Salutation: Dear Minister

    Prosecutor General, Maldives Ahmed Muizzu Prosecutor General's Office, Majeedhee Magu, Male' 20040, Republic of Maldives Fax: (960) 3000644 Email: pgoffice@pgoffice.gov.mv

    Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your Amnesty International section office if sending appeals after the above date.

    Go to the below link where you can find a copy of the Appeal: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/publisher,AMNESTY,,,51306e7f2,0.html

    Amei: Feel free to copy and paste this into an Action Alert.

  • Amei
    Mar 01, 2013
    Mar 01, 2013

    The message via form on the internet for the President does worked :-)

    I shared on facebook with two of the Maldivian too. Upload on Action Alert as well.

    I do hope the email work. Letters my be a better options but will take more time.

    With love Amei

  • JaniceW
    Mar 02, 2013
    Mar 02, 2013

    On the Maldives government website, they just released a press release that states:

    "The Government of Maldives is deeply concerned by the prosecution and the Juvenile Court’s sentence to flog a 15 year-old girl on the charges of pre-marital sex. Though the flogging will be deferred until the girl turns 18, the Government believes she is the victim of sexual abuse and should be treated as such by the State and the society and therefore, her rights should be fully protected. The Government is of the view that the case merits appeal. The girl is under State care and the Government will facilitate and supervise her appeal of the case, via the girl’s lawyer, to ensure that justice is done and her rights are protected." http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv/Index.aspx?lid=11&dcid=8660

    Amei, I would love for you to write an article about this issue as it goes deeper than this one case. There is a cultural mindset that led to the ruling that she was guilty of fornication, rather than being a victim of abuse. Are you able to use your VOF skills to give context (history) to the issue, and let us know what solutions are out there? The world needs to learn more about the Maldives so that we understand what is the best course of action to take on behalf of the Maldivian people.

    Big hug, Janice

  • Amei
    Mar 03, 2013
    Mar 03, 2013

    I will write one using VOF skills. What type of article would be best. You are right Janice they are putting wool over the International eyes.

    The government have to make sure they keep the extremist in the country happy and and at the same time show that the government is doing all it can to the international world.

    "Flogging would be deferred until she turns 18" what does this mean? She is guilty of fornication? "..Government believes she is the victim of sexual abuse and should be treated as such.." The government contradict themselves.

    I will do my best.... As 2/3 of the Maldivians will not be able to reach out and express to the International world. The people in the islands would be confined to the government controlled media alone.

    Hug back Amei

  • JaniceW
    Mar 03, 2013
    Mar 03, 2013

    Write in the style that suits what you would like to say. A feature article might help provide the needed context to help us all understand the mindset of the extremists and how they are influencing the government. It would also be good to understand how their influence will continue to affect women and girls. Are there any women represented in Government and do they have a voice? Is it a patriarchal society where women are to be seen and not heard? Will the extremist views affect how girls are educated?

    So many of us know nothing about Maldives and so any background information that you can share would help us understand the situation. We are ready to help and support the Maldivians but we do not know what to do.