Parliament’s Human Rights and Gender Committee, on Sunday, passed a motion to instruct Gender Ministry to identify children across Maldives who are at high-risk of falling victim to sexual predators and begin monitoring them.
The parliamentary committee, which had initiated an inquiry into the recent brutal rape of a toddler of one year and eight months in Southern Maldives in order to hold relevant State institutions accountable, concluded its inquiry presented its recommendation on Sunday afternoon.
The meeting was attended by Chair, Hinnavaru MP Jeehan Mahmood, Deputy Chair Vaikaradhoo MP Hussain Ziyad, and committee members Holhudhoo MP Yoonus Ali, Makunudhoo MP Mohamed Rai and Central Fuvahmulah MP Mohamed Mumthaz.
The committee made seven main recommendations. They are:
Parliament’s Media and Communications Director, Hassan Ziyau said earlier this Sunday that recommendations by the parliamentary committee would be enforced by the Speaker, President Mohamed Nasheed immediately.
The committee members voiced concern over prolonged trials in child sex offense cases, the volume of unsuccessful prosecutions in child sex offense cases, the lack of mechanism in place to monitor such suspects, and the lack of effective use of the Child Protection Database.