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Man arrested over sexually assaulting a girl aged 12

Shahudha Mohamed
13 July 2019, MVT 20:39
A little girl poses for photographs to illustrate the topic of child abuse in Canberra, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
Shahudha Mohamed
13 July 2019, MVT 20:39

A local male was arrested on Friday over allegations of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old minor.

Maldives Police Service disclosed that the report was filed on Thursday night and the arrest was made the next day following a court order. Police confirmed that the perpetrator was aged 21.

The man is currently remanded for a period of five days.

There has been a recent uptick in sexual abuse of minors, with similar cases being reported at increasingly high frequencies.

Just last week, sexual harassment against an 8-year-old in an island in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll was reported, while a girl aged 15 was raped in capital Male' late last Saturday.

Two men, aged 17 and 22, were arrested in relation to the rape case.

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