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Sexual abuse is being “normalized” in British Schools and colleges, reports Ofsted.

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The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has reported that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse has become frequent in English schools and colleges subsequent to a survey of 900 children and young people from 32 schools and colleges.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said she was “shocked” by the findings.

Reportedly, 92 percent of schoolgirls experienced sexist name-calling and 90 percent of the girls said they were sent explicit pictures or videos “a lot” or “sometimes”. According to some girls, boys share nude images of their school peers on communication platforms like WhatsApp or Snapchat “like a collection game,” Moreover, in one school, some female students can be contacted by up to 10 or 11 different boys a night to be asked for nude/semi-nude images. About 64 percent of girls reported cases of unwanted touching compared to 24 percent of boys.

According to Ofsted, many teachers have failed to understand the severity of the problem as students often saw no point in reporting incidents. Many girls said they did not want to talk about abuse for fear of being ostracized, while others feared not being believed or that they would be blamed.

“It’s alarming that many children and young people, particularly girls, feel they have to accept sexual harassment as part of growing up. This is a cultural issue, it’s about attitudes and behaviors becoming normalized” Amanda Spielman, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted said

Ofsted also said the government needs to take necessary precautions by developing legislation

The survey was carried out after thousands of school children and students posted accounts on a site called Everyone’s Invited, detailing sexual harassment, abuse and violence, including rape. This year alone, more than 16,500 testimonies have been posted on the site.

 

Source: TRT World

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Maldives records increase in tourist arrivals.

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After a steep decline in tourist arrivals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in the number of tourists arriving in Maldives has been observed.

A total of 101,281 tourists have been recorded arriving in the Maldives in July. In March 109,585 tourists have arrived in Maldives. According to the data collected by the Tourism Ministry from 1st of January to 28th of July, a total of 600,252 tourists visited Maldives. This is an 8% increase in the total number of arrivals recorded in 2020. Last year a total of 555,494 tourists visited Maldives.

The highest number of tourists visited have been observed to be from Russia. A total of 140,824 tourist have arrived Maldives, this year. The second most visited nationality is Indians standing at a total of 99,643. The third highest numbers of tourists arrived from Germany, with 33,361 tourists.

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MP Abdulla Jabir’s passport impounded.

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Kaashidhoo Constituency MP Abdulla Jabir’s passport has been impounded by the Maldives Immigration.

Speaking to local media’s Controller of Immigration Ahmed Hussein (Hanafy) confirmed that the Kaashidhoo Constituency MP’s passport was impounded under a court warrant. While it is unclear why MP Abdulla Jabir’s passport was impounded, the controller of Immigration confirmed that it had been impounded a week back

He also confirmed that MP Abdulla Jabir was unable to fly out of the country a week back as his passport was impounded even back then.

MP Abdulla Jabir also made headlines today after protesting in front of the Parliament. While it is unclear why he was protesting, the eccentric hotelier turned politician walked away from the scene in a short while.

Controversy surrounding the mental state of MP Abdulla Jabir has been sparked with many stating that he requires help.

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06th May terror attack primary suspect pleads guilty, faces 23 year prison sentence.

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Prosecutor General Hussein Shameem has announced that the primary suspect in the 06th May terror attack against Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, has agreed to sign a document pleading guilty.

Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed, who was seen on the video footage, detonating the IED, has been under arrest under a court warrant following the attack.

According to the Prosecutor General, Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed signed the document yesterday, pleading guilty in the presence of his lawyers. Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed will face a prison sentence of 23 years If he is found guilty by the courts.

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