Senegal: New Steps to Protect Talibés, Street Children

The Senegalese government’s late activity to evacuate kids including those compelled to ask by their Quranic instructors from the lanes is a critical stride in transforming a profoundly dug in arrangement of abuse, Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (PPDH), a coalition of 40 Senegalese kids’ rights associations, said today. The gatherings asked powers to maintain the energy with examinations and indictments of educators and other people who confer genuine infringement against youngsters.

During the main portion of 2016, no less than five kids living in private Quranic schools kicked the bucket, professedly as an after-effect of beatings distributed by their instructors, known as marabouts, or in auto collisions while being compelled to ask. In 2015 and 2016, many these kids, known as talibés, have additionally been seriously beaten, affixed, and sexually mishandled or savagely assaulted while asking. The passing and different misuse highlight the criticalness with which the legislature ought to punish those in charge of misuse and manage the customary Quranic schools, known as daaras.

“Talibés have endured misuse and threats that no youngster ought to ever need to confront,” said Corinne Dufka, West Africa executive at Human Rights Watch. “While the administration’s late activities are exemplary, expelling talibés from the roads won’t prompt long haul change unless Quranic schools are controlled and affronting educators are considered responsible.”

On June 30, 2016, Senegalese President Macky Sall requested that all road kids ought to be evacuated, put in travel focuses, and came back to their folks. Anybody compelling them to ask would be fined or detained, he cautioned. By mid-July, powers had evacuated more than 300 kids – including numerous talibés and runaway talibés – from the avenues of Dakar. As indicated by nearby activists and Senegal News, Sports and Politics on media, a few different locales have additionally started the activity, which powers plan to augment across the nation.

Among the cases Human Rights watch documented in 2016:

  • In January, a man in Diourbel allegedly lured four talibés to his home and raped them.
  • In February, a 9-year-old talibé was beaten to death by his Quranic teacher in the city of Louga. Around the same time, a talibé in the Colobane neighborhood of Dakar was allegedly violently attacked by a stranger in the streets.
  • Also in February, a marabout in Diourbel, arrested for shackling the legs of more than a dozen talibés, was released without charge.
  • In March, a Quranic teacher allegedly attempted to bury a talibé in Dakar’s Thiaroye cemetery without legal authorization.
  • Also in March, a talibé was allegedly abducted from the streets of Dakar; his whereabouts remain unknown.
  • Two talibés died after being hit by cars while begging in the streets of Saint-Louis, in March and April.
  • In April, a marabout’s assistant allegedly beat a 7-year-old talibé in Saint-Louis to the point of critical condition.
  • In June, a 13-year-old talibé died in the Parcelles Assainies borough of Dakar, allegedly after his marabout severely beat him with a rubber whip for failing to memorize a verse of the Quran.

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