Maldives is an extremely conservative and pious society where calls for prayer promptly fill mosques, where recitations of Quran resonate through the air in the inter-prayer interval, and where politicians can win elections simply by raising the bogey of 'Islam under threat.' In such an atmosphere it is simply unthinkable that sodomy and pederasty are possible. Surely, those things only happen in the decadent west. It was therefore with utmost shock that Male citizens listened to the news that a man living in their very midst has been running a pedophilia racket involving long term homosexual relations with at least 35 boys.
On 11 January Hussein Fazeel, 38, of Veyruge, Villingili, was arrested on the charge bootlegging. While searching his premises the police discovered an external hard-disk containing pornographic images and a video depicting a number of young boys in various acts of gay sex.
An interesting feature of the discovery was how Fazeel had designed his room with games and entertainment to lure children. He obviously knew from experience that he could entice children by providing entertainment they lacked at home.
Since Fazeel happens to be a bootlegger, some people are sure to pounce on this fact and label this as alcohol related. In this instance of course it is alcohol related. But what about the numerous other cases we keep hearing about? Anecdotal information suggests that the vast majority of child abuse cases involve relatives and family friends. Most other cases involve elderly men who gain access to children in the guise of teaching certain subjects.
Homosexuality and child abuse are glaring examples of the discordance between our self image and reality. What is the remedy?