In Guyana the violence against women is only getting worse, rape and murder is everyday story. The police does nothing about it, the government turn a blind eye and go as far as covering up rape when one of their own is the perpetrator.
Women like Priya Manikchand, Shalimar Ali-Hack, Gail Teixeira, Bibi Shadick should be ashamed of themselves. Only the other day Shalimar Ali-Hack’s husband and head of CIOG Shaikh Moen-ul-Hack basically said Guyanese girls are directly responsible for being raped. This is the husband of the lady that is responsible for laying charges against perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Is it any surprise why there is no justice for rape victims?
Pick any article in the news today about the brutal rape of the young lady in India, and you can easily substitute Guyana for India in it, except for the part where people are protesting.
The PPP and their friends are allowed to do anything they like to women, and the average man on the road see this and do the same.
The Ministers of Education and Human Services should say what they are doing about the sexual abuse of students by teachers
Help & Shelter invites the Ministers of Education and Human Services to inform the Guyanese people what they are doing and propose to do about the rape, sexual abuse and sexual harassment of students by teachers, including those at private religious institutions.
The Sexual Offence Act is very clear on this matter, defining abuse of trust as when the “the accused looks after persons who are receiving education at an educational institution (whether in the role of teacher or in another role)” and “the accused is a social worker, probation officer, coach, instructor, minister of religion, babysitter, child-minder or has a welfare position in relation to the complainant, and has regular unsupervised contact with the complainant.”
It is clear that investigation, background checks and oversight of teachers and others who are in positions of trust in relation to children are non-existent or inadequate, resulting in children, especially those who are vulnerable and at risk, being subjected to sexual abuse including rape.
Section 35 of the Protection of Children Act provides that “The Director of the Childcare & Protection Agency is to compile a list and the Minister of Human Services is to keep a list of persons who are considered unsuitable to work with children upon receipt of confirmation of that person’s conviction for an offence against a child.”
We call upon the Director of the CPA and Minister of Human Services to take immediate steps to ensure that this list is compiled, kept updated and made publicly available to ensure that pedophiles and other sexual offenders are prevented from having contact with children, particularly in situations where they are in a position of trust.
The alleged abuse of children at the Turkeyen Masjid makes it imperative that a full investigation be conducted at this institution, which should include students, teachers and other caregivers. Guyanese society looks to its religious institutions for spiritual and moral guidance and to religious leaders as role models.
Rape and other forms of child abuse must never be condoned or hidden under a cloak of religious immunity or privilege. We at Help & Shelter have viewed with alarm the persistent attempts for bail to be granted to accused Nezaam Ali.
Research has clearly established that children seldom lie or make up stories about sexual abuse. Pedophiles are serial offenders and leave in their wake a large number of physically and psychologically damaged children. We support the call for a review and overhaul of the present system of child protection. Our children must be better cared for and protected.
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Plagued with a sexual molestation scandal, Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana shuts down their website
Plagued by sexual molestation scandal involving Imam Nezaam Ali raping very young boys, CIOG shuts down it’s website
January 23, 2012 | By KNews | Filed Under News
…as sex probe widens
Two other boys have alleged that they were sexually molested by an Imam, and they are expected to have medical examinations today to confirm their stories.
An official from the Child Protection Agency has stated that the two youngsters have been located and have given statements to investigators.
Initially when the matter was brought to the Agency’s attention, the names of ten boys who were supposedly molested were presented through an anonymous tip. Medical examinations performed on four of these boys appear to confirm their stories.
However, this publication was told that four of the remaining boys have been relocated to Berbice. This publication was told that up to late yesterday officers from the Child Protection Agency in Berbice were working feverishly to find the boys.
A source at the Agency said that even if the parents are unwilling to cooperate, Child Protection officials will go ahead with tracking down the alleged victims and have them medically examined, in keeping with the Agency’s mandate to protect children.
The source added that the delay in the laying of charges against the Imam is very frustrating for the CPA, since there is nowhere in the new Sexual Offences act which states that the police have to send their file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice.
“Medical certificates have shown that these four boys were sexually molested…so we just don’t understand the delay and even with the rumour of interference by the DPP. She too has stated that the police do not have to send the file for advice,” the source lamented.
The source added that it is their view that in matters like these, the police need to act more independently. Further the source said they are concerned that the suspect might not show up when charges are ready to be laid.
“This man has been placed on bail and the police have waited so long to institute a charge. Is there any guarantee that he would return to court to answer to such a serious charge?”
In the meantime the four boys who first implicated the Imam have been taken into protective custody as the mother has expressed her concern about their safety.
Early last week the Imam who functioned at the Turkeyen Masjid and at a city private school was arrested after rape allegations were leveled against him. There are reports that after the intervention of the DPP the Imam was released on $150,000 station bail.
In response, DPP Shalimar Hack denied that she had interfered with the investigation. She stated that the police can institute charges without her office’s advice.
The Central Islamic Organization has stated that the Imam has been sent on leave pending the outcome of the investigations.
Guyana Director of Public Prosecutions Chambers had made efforts to secure premature release of Muslim scholar accused of sexual molestation
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Friday, 20 January 2012 08:20
A senior official of the Director of Public Prosecutions Chambers (DPP) had sought to secure the premature police release of the Islamic scholar who is implicated in sexually assaulting three brothers, shortly after he was arrested.
Well-placed police sources say the official had called at least one high ranking officer at the East Coast Divisional headquarters, asking that the Mufti be released about one hour after he had been detained Wednesday midday.
The sources told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com ) that this “was strenuously resisted” by the police officer. The official was told that the new Sexual Offences Act provides for the detention of accused persons for a specified period of time before they could be released from police custody.
Demerara Waves Online News was told that after moves were afoot to get the man released, the police decided to move him from Turkkeyn station to another station on the East Coast Demerara where he would have been under stricter supervision.
The Mufti was placed on GUY$150,000 station bail Thursday pending legal advice.
The children’s mother and officials of the Child Protection Agency (CPA) have confirmed that medical examinations have proven that the boys were sexually assaulted.
Deputy Chairman of the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves ) that there appeared to be a mix of religion and local laws.
“This is an outrageous situation and I would urge the DPP(Shalimar Ali-Hack also a CIOG official) to reconsider her action that seems to be based on doctrinal affinity rather than any sense of justice,” he said.
The CIOG, acknowledging that the man is one of its employees, has since sent him on leave pending the outcome of the probe and any court proceedings.
Vowing never to condone any illegal act, the CIOG has said that “our commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect by promoting healthy families, protecting children, and supporting communities throughout this country remains unblemished.
The Muslim Scholar accused of buggering children work for Shaikh Moen ul-Hack, who is the husband of DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack.
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:15
An Islamic scholar is being accused of sexually assaulting several brothers at a Madrassa (Muslim school) in Sophia, their mother told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) .
Police Chief of Criminal Investigations, Assistant Commissioner Seelall Persaud confirmed that the police are probing allegations of sexual assault.
While police say the man allegedly committed the act on three boys, the mother is saying that her four sons four, six, eight and 10 years old were all victims.
The suspect was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
She said a medical examination has unearthed evidence. “There were bruises and when they questioned them separately, the three children came up with same story,” she said.
The alleged acts were committed at the Madrassa that’s held at the Turkeyen Muslim Association.
The mother, who is a Muslim, said the suspected perpetrator is a Mufti who is highly rated in the Caribbean and goes to Haj.
Demwaves.com has confirmed that the man lectures at a school that is associated with the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG). Efforts to contact senior CIOG officials were not immediately successful
The mother said she was first made aware of the incident when a Welfare Officer turned up at her home Monday night with her three children. She said she had just arrived home from selling on Regent Street and did not see them, instead they arrived in a car with the official.
Based on the information provided, she believed that her sons have been sexually assaulted between December 2011 and January.
The mother said the occurrence might have come to light because other children might have lodged complaints although the man allegedly threatened to kill them with a gun which he had allegedly shown them.
According to the woman, she has declined an offer by the Child Care and Protection Agency (CPA) for her children to be taken into care because she prefers to have them with her. At the same time, she said they are not attending a government primary school.
“They asked me to…I prefer them home with me. I wouldn’t want anybody abduct them. The children can’t go to school because they are traumatized,” she said.
The law, however, provides for mandatory care if the CPA authorities see the need to do so.
Imam at center of child sex probe
-alleged victims shown guns and threatened
An Islamic scholar who is also the Imam for a Masjid in Turkeyen is under investigation for allegedly having sex with four boys.
According to reports, the man was taken into police custody on Monday after a medical examination revealed that boys, ages ranging from 4 to 10, were sexually molested. All of the children are members of the masjid. The Imam was released on station bail late yesterday.
The story began to unfold earlier this week after an anonymous tip was left at the Child Protection Agency about the children being abused. Following this tip, officers from the CPA informed the parents of the children and the police. After being questioned, the children reportedly made several allegations about being sexually molested by the Imam.
Subsequently, a medical examination confirmed that all four boys were indeed molested. There are reports that the CPA has received the names of several other boys from the community who were allegedly molested by the Imam and efforts are being made to contact the parents of these children.
Meanwhile, the children’s mother who spoke with this publication said that she never suspected anything as she had confidence in the Imam and held him in high regards.
“I never expect this. After school, they would go to the masjid and stay until like 8 in the night.” The woman related that there were rumors circulating in the community about the Imam but she dispelled them. She added that after her sons were questioned and they related their stories she then began to recall one strange incident.
“One night my big son come home late and it look like he was crying so I ask him what happen and he say that the Imam beat him to stay back and watch game on the computer… and he just go straight in he bed.”
“He tell we that when he was about to come home the Imam called him back to watch game on the computer and he refused so the man started beating he and he try to jump the back fence and a man pull he back and took him into a room.”
The woman added that her son further related that once he was in the room with the Imam, he was ordered to take off his clothes. He was then allegedly molested.
According to the lad, the Imam then showed him two guns and told him if he told anyone he would kill him. After that time, the lad said it continued until it was reported recently. His brothers were also molested.
Meanwhile, the mother of the children says she is fearful that the matter will be ‘swept under the carpet’. The woman said she has been told that efforts are being made from the higher levels in the Muslim community to have her settle the matter.
“I want justice for my children. I don’t want any money- no money can compensate what has been done to my children and if I take money it would mean that I am condoning what has been done and that I’m putting other young boys at risk.”
This same concern is being expressed by officials from the Child Protection Agency.
“We are calling on all advocates to come out and speak out against this matter.”
In addition, the CPA is also concerned for the safety of the children.
Also several residents of the community have come out in condemnation of the act saying that many of them had confidence in the Imam but for a while rumours have been circulating.
“Long we hearing this thing but we never had solid evidence and when people come forward… two days after, the big ones hold a meeting and the next thing the family change their story.”
Meanwhile, the man who is also a teacher at a popular Muslim School, was late yesterday released on $150,000 station bail.