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Stating that the incident never happened because it was not reported to them does not mean it did not happen. An eight year old girl does not make up a rape; she doesn’t have the vocabulary, she doesn’t have the experience to create a lie like that.

“No one brought it to our notice” does not mean it didn’t happen.

Indian School denies girl raped by the school bus driver

KUWAIT CITY : An official at an Indian School in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh on Monday rubbished claims that a girl student from the school was raped last week by the school bus driver.

Reliable sources had earlier told the Arab Times that an eight-year-old student from the school was raped by the school bus driver, who reportedly charmed the girl with sweet talk and took her to his apartment in Jleeb Al-Shyoukh where he raped her.

The girl, who hails from Kerala, reported the incident to her parents after they quizzed her as to why she was late in getting home from school.

Reacting to the reports the school official added: “I can confirm that no such incident happened in our school as no one brought it to our notice.”

The official further added: “We always encourage parents of students to use the school transportation. However, we cannot coerce them into using our transportation. We would have taken immediate action if any such incident was reported to us. The safety of our students is our foremost concern.”

“It is possible that the parents of the victim may not have reported the incident to the school authorities as the student may have been using a private transportation,” the source said.

The source added that the outraged father of the victim reportedly beat up the accused black and blue before turning him over to the police and that the family is in a state of shock trying to come to grips with the incident.

According to the source, a case has been registered at the Jleeb Al-Shyoukh police station and investigations are in progress.

In another incident, a school boy of an Indian school in Abbassiya reportedly impregnated a fellow student and that the two were involved in a long courtship, according to a source. No further details could immediately be obtained.

By Francis A. Clifford Cardozo
Arab Times Staff


May 27, 2008 Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions | 10 Comments

One Last Barbecue

Yes, yes, we have barbecue in Kuwait, and it is fabulous. Fabulous barbecued Kuwaiti shrimp and hammour (grouper), fabulous lamb, fabulous chicken, fabulous kebab. . . . and it isn’t the same. From time to time, AdventureMan and I just yearn for some American Barbecue.

Today I stopped by Sharp’s and picked up a Kansas City Barbecue:

You put the cole slaw and the fried onions on top of the BBQ meat there – it already has a Kansas City mustardy sauce cooked right into it. . . oh YUMMMMM. And just look at those chips! Real potato! And SO crisp!

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Seattle | 4 Comments

It Gives Me Hope

You know who I am, I’m pretty consistent in what I have to say. I believe we all have a lot more in common than we have differences, and I want us to find ways to get along. We, as a species, spend so much time and energy and resources fighting over the pettiest differences. How will we ever call ourselves civilized until we can treat every fellow creature with respect?

I bet Cupertino has problems, too. I know for one thing it is incredibly expensive. Most of what I saw there, I really liked. Whole Foods. High Tech Engineering. A wide variety of people, all working together in peace.

At our hotel, there were five weddings taking place the same day as “our” wedding. I came down in the elevator with one couple and their parents, and I got a photo of them in the hotel garden area before their wedding:

The groom is from India, and the bride is Chinese. The parents, and all the relatives are gathered, and dressed in gorgeous, flowing silks, and the bride and groom are just amazingly in love with each other and it is so beautiful, they are all so happy.

Cupertino takes a lot of pride in being beautiful, and the buildings they build are beautiful and they have “campuses” where lots of related buildings are connected with winding garden paths and ponds full of ducks.

I particularly love this sculpture:

Which looks totally different from the side:

There were flowers and plants everywhere. Many I couldn’t even recognize. I would have to learn a whole new world of gardening in California:

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Generational, India, Interconnected, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, Random Musings, Relationships | 7 Comments

Sad Farewells

Now comes the sad part – the post-wedding let down. We all have to leave.

I am lucky, my son and daughter-in-law have flights around the same time as mine, so we meet early, grab some coffee and head for the airport. I am feeling choked and desolate; I enjoy their company so much and I hate to say good-bye.

“Don’t worry,” my daughter-in-law tells me as my son goes off to buy his breakfast once we have all checked in, “we know how hard these good-byes are for you and we understand. And we will see you again soon!”

Son comes back and DIL and I head over to pick up our breakfast – and oh, yummy, breakfast burritos!

We get the basic burritos, with chorizo sausage. Oh, to die for!

But imagine! These are sauces for the breakfast burritos, and they range from hot to super super hot!

Our gates our close, and my flight starts loading almost as soon as I arrive, which is a good thing, because I am about to die from desolation. I already miss them so much!

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Travel | , | 6 Comments

The Grande Finale

Here’s the problem. Our weddings are SO much fun. We all get there early, and as Maurice Sendak says – “Let the wild rumpus begin!”

I think many of you have the same families – we raise our children as a village. My sisters’ children are precious to me, and mine to them. They have visited back and forth between our houses since they were little. When we gather, you never know who will be with what family, which room people will gather in – it is one constant high-energy party.

And, it can also be totally exhausting!

Yesterday was the grand finale, THE wedding. It took place at Ainsley House, in Campbell, CA:

The weather has been unseasonably cool, so there was concern about rain during the wedding. Fortunately, it never rained, the sun came out, the bride was gorgeous and everything came off without a hitch. The bride and groom took their vows:

And then they exchanged rings:

After rings were exchanged, and the couple declared man and wife, the guests went on to the reception hall, while the bride and groom and family and attendants had a lengthy photo session. When we gathered for the wedding dinner, it was truly a night to remember!

I loved her table decorations; restrained, elegant, perfect for a beautifully planned wedding:

The wedding dinner:

The Greek side of the family danced, and the Iranian side laughed and said they were dancing Iranian style. The Iranians showed us all how to DANCE, and Sparkle is very very good at it. I think she had some coaching from her new daughter-in-law. Everyone had great fun comparing the different styles of dancing:

Our children are marrying into other “villages” and our own village just keeps expanding. It gives me such immense joy to watch this happen; the world grows smaller and smaller. Our children are choosing their mates with care – and joy! And they are choosing well, uniting us with tribes and clans who share the same values, if not nationalities.

We wish you all happiness, Earthling and Bride!

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Cross Cultural, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, Spiritual, Travel, Weather | , , | 8 Comments