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Police arrest 34-year-old over sexually abusing minor

Mariyam Malsa
05 March 2021, MVT 18:34
The 'JaagaEhNeh' protest held against rape and all forms of sexual violence, on July 12, 2020. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
05 March 2021, MVT 18:34

Maldives Police Service, on Thursday, arrested a 39-year-old Maldivian man over the sexual assault of a minor.

The Criminal Court has remanded the individual for a period of 15 days while the police investigates the matter.

According to the authorities, the sexual abuse case was reported to the North Police Division, which holds jurisdiction over Noonu Atoll, Raa Atoll, Baa Atoll and Lhaviyani Atoll.

Due to the sensitivity of the case, as it involves a minor, police did not disclose any further details but assured that an investigation was underway.

Since the beginning 2020, public ire has grown considerably over the government's poor record of arresting and convicting sexual offenders, despite numerous pledges made to “protect the rights of children and women".

Protesters demanding justice for rape and sexual assault victims held demonstrations during June and July in front of Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services as well as the roads of capital Male', following an upsurge of reported cases and alleged misconduct of police during investigations.

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