Mother coaxed her to lie to get money from dad

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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.

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