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Cabinet discusses more stringent measures to prevent child abuse

Nafaahath Ibrahim
22 January 2020, MVT 18:41
President Solih meeting with the members of the cabinet on October 15, 2019. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Nafaahath Ibrahim
22 January 2020, MVT 18:41

The Cabinet on Tuesday held discussions on preventing child abuse, enforcing more stringent measures against perpetrators and improving multi-agency co-operation.

During the meeting held at the President's Office, cabinet members discussed measures to expedite the prosecution of perpetrators of sexual violence and ensure justice for victims.

The cabinet also assessed the current laws and regulations and discussed ways to prevent further cases in order to ensure the protection of victims.

Speaking at the meeting, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih emphasized his administration's zero-tolerance stance on child abuse and reaffirmed the government's commitment to protecting every child from all forms of abuse.

Furthermore, President Solih instructed relevant ministries to conduct an assessment on the situation of all children at risk, and take immediate measures to ensure their protection.

President Solih denounced the recent sexual violence case involving a two-year-old girl abused by her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. An emergency meeting was held, in which he condemned the inhuman act in the strongest of terms.

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