Girls told to discuss issues with counsellors

The Ministry of Social Affairs has affirmed that 99 per cent of the girls admitted to the minors’ care centres are mostly deserted by the youth they fall in love and have consensual sex with.

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Published: Tue 30 Apr 2013, 9:18 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:56 AM

According to a senior official, most of the young men involved abandon the girls after having sex with them and getting them pregnant out of wedlock, though they do not believe that their girlfriends are prostitutes.

Mariam Saif, a social worker with the ministry, urged the girls to be more cautious and seek immediate help from social workers at the schools or the ministry to divulge their emotions.

“Most of the girls involved were seeking the passion and love they miss at home...(are from) separated and unstable families, B(or have a) lack of awareness and responsibility.”

Adding, she warned that every young man implicated in such illegal affairs will face legal action. “Unfortunately, the young men’s families help them escape their crime and evade responsibility.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Affairs refused to give family access to their minor daughter because they proved to have assisted her in regularly practicing prostitution against money.

Saif said the decision has been stringently issued as per the request of the Public Prosecution. Adding, she said that the minors involved in these illegal practices are victims rather than criminals. “The whole society needs to support and help them; otherwise the situation may be worse, and they may go back to these unacceptable acts.”

Head of Minors Section at the Ministry Abdulaziz Salem said five families handed over their three boys and two girls to the minors centres last year after failing to control their bad behaviour.

“A father of these admitted one of his sons three times because of endless disputes, and unacceptable insults. However, this is not the best way to solve this problem. We should all be part of the solution.”

Salem said that a minor, as per law, may be admitted to the care centres at the age of seven to 18 according to his or her behaviour. “Some of these minors are involved in begging, stealing, staying up late outside the house, frequent escape and accompanying bad friends.”

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