Mother coaxed her to lie to get money from dad
An eight-year-old girl was persuaded by her mother into making an emotional plea on national radio in an elaborate scam to obtain more money from her father.
The girl, identified as Aisha, went live on air to plead for her father to visit her, claiming she had never met him.
When the call made headlines in Arabic newspapers last week and was widely discussed on Twitter, Sharjah’s Department of Social Services and Child Protection stepped in.
But they discovered that her father does in fact pay her mother alimony and the girl receives Dhs600 a month allowance - and that the mother was behind the radio ploy.
Afaf Al Marri, Director of the Social Services Department in Sharjah, said officials contacted her father, who proved that he was paying what he was expected to.
He visited and spoke to his daughter and immediately realised what had happened, Al Marri said.
She said: “Divorce of parents is a crisis for the entire family. It becomes extremely difficult
By Nawal Al Ramahi when children are involved.
“In this case, the mother used Aisha to force her father into paying more money.
“When Aisha saw her father, she admitted that she was lying and that her mother told her what to say.
“We urged the mother not to use her child to get more money from the father.”
Al Marri added: “Children deeply suffer when parents they love fall into conflict and break their relationship.
“And in many cases the pain, hurt and confusion of divorce leave deep scars in kids’ hearts.”
Al Marri said that Aisha underwent heart surgery in England last year and will undergo travel to Germany for another operation.
AS well as attempting to get more money from the father, the mother also wanted her daughter to travel in a better flight class than economy on her way to the operation, Al Marri added. She said no action would be taken against her.