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Gender Ministry removes sexually abused child from family

Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 January 2020, MVT 15:34
A child poses to illustrate the topic of child abuse. PHOTO: THE STAR ONLINE
Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 January 2020, MVT 15:34

Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services revealed on Friday afternoon that the two-year-old girl, who was sexually assaulted by an elderly man, has been removed from her family and transferred to a safe environment.

In a short statement, the gender ministry stated that it received reports of the case on January 15 and confirmed that the abuse was sexual in nature.

The ministry said the child was removed from her family after discussions with relevant institutions, in order to provide the medical attention she required and ensure her safety and protection.

The ministry did not disclose further information but assured it was working with Maldives Police Service to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, some posts on social media allege that the victim's parents were substance abusers, and that she had been raped by her father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

The case sparked public outcry with many on social media sharing pictures of the accused perpetrators, calling on the authorities to persecute them.

However, authorities have not confirmed or debunked the claims.

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