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President calls for a swift investigation of sexual violence against toddler

Ali Shareef
19 January 2020, MVT 09:31
President holds discussion with relevant authorities regarding the sexual violence case against a toddler in Kanduhulhudhoo, Gaafu Alif Atoll. Photo: President's Office
Ali Shareef
19 January 2020, MVT 09:31

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday met with relevant government authorities to discuss sexual violence committed against a two-year-old toddler in Kanduhulhudhoo, Gaafu Alif Atoll.

At the meeting held at the official residence of the President in Muleeaage, the President discussed with the Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services Shidhatha Shareef, Minister of Home Affairs Sheikh Imran Abdulla, Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed and other senior officials of the government, actions to protect the well-being, health and safety of the child.

The president condemned the inhuman act and called upon relevant state authorities to investigate the case without delay, and to seek justice for the two-year-old child victim.

The news of police investigation into a sexual abuse case of the two-year-old child in Kanduhulhudhoo shook the country on Thursday. Police arrested two elderly men, said to be the victim's grandfather and great-grandfather, in connection to the crime on Friday afternoon.

Outraged citizens gathered in front of Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services in capital Male' City on Friday afternoon, demanding action against people whose negligence compromise the safety of children.

Some participants called for gender minister Shidhatha Shareef's resignation, criticising the government for failing to protect the welfare of children.

Maldives Police Service on Saturday disclosed that three men were arrested in connection to the crime. Two of the three men, the victim’s 62-year old grandfather and 81-year old great-grandfather, face sexual abuse charges against the two-year-old, while the victim’s father, 33-years old, is accused of negligence.

The two-year-old victim is currently under the custody of state care, removed from her family.

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