Over the following weeks, local newspapers tracked her health closely; on social media, Maldivians pleaded for blood donations to save her. We all of know this from a 2007 government study, the most exhaustive scientific examination of violence in the Maldives to date. Samiya’s story, however, offers little reason to believe much has changed — even after lawmakers enacted the 2012 Domestic Violence Prevention Act.
We have continued to fail victims of domestic violence in the three years since this law has been on thee books.
Scholars argue that violence is not among the values exemplified by our Prophet Muhammad — and therefore it is not Islamic.
Research links violence against women with unequal power relations between men and women.
These unequal relationships are reinforced by norms, customs and ideologies that we inherit from society.
When such power imbalances go unquestioned, these relations become hierarchies within families and communities that persist across generations.
When under-age rape victims seek services, what they receive instead is blame, rather than care and protection.
Thinadhoo hosts a regional hospital, a Family and Child Service Centre, School, a court, a Women’s Development Committee, and serves as seat both the Atoll Council and an Island Council.A 35-year-old victim of marital rape from the island of Thinadhoo died last night while undergoing treatment for severe injuries.Why is violence against women so prevalent in an Islamic society and how can we prevent it? Earlier this month, 35-year-old Samiya* (not her real name) left her home for the last time. Untold numbers of Maldivian women, living and departed, share her story.Our laws define domestic violence as a violation of human rights.The government’s policy manifesto declares a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence.
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From southern Gaaf Dhaal Thinadhoo, she traveled over 250 miles to Malé, where she sought the care of doctors: Her husband, she told them, had raped her, inflicting brutal injuries. One in three women in the Maldives report experiencing sexual or physical violence in their lifetimes; one in five say the perpetrator was their intimate partner.