Women's Ministry to closely monitor tahfiz schoolboy case

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is looking into the case involving the death of tahfiz schoolboy Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi.


Its Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry was seriously looking into the matter and would continue to monitor the development of the case with the help from the police.


“We hope the investigation will be conducted immediately to find out the cause of the incident and death,” she said in a statement here today.


The ministry, has taken appropriate steps following the report on the incident and immediate help had been given to the family members of the victim.


“Apart from that, the ministry has also given counselling to the family members who are facing this difficult situation,” the statement further read.


Rohani also expressed her shock and disappointment in regards to the incident that occurred to the 11-year-old.


She offered condolences to the family members of the victim.


Thaqif had his legs amputated on Friday to prevent spread of an infection. He had undergone surgery the next day to treat congealed blood in one of his hands.


He had been hospitalised after severe bouts of pain which occurred days after he had been allegedly beaten by the assistant warden at his religious school hostel in Kota Tinggi.


Police have said that the boy and 14 others of his schoolmates were allegedly beaten with a water hose by the assistant warden on March 24 because they had made noise in the school surau.


His right arm was also in danger of being amputated. Doctors had planned to amputate the arm this morning but had to suspend the operation as his condition took a turn for the worse.