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Another elderly man arrested over child sexual abuse

Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 January 2020, MVT 09:54
A little girl poses for photographs to illustrate the topic of child abuse in Canberra, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 January 2020, MVT 09:54

Police on Sunday arrested an 80-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Police revealed that the case filed with the South Central Police Division last week, and the suspect arrested under a warrant.

They did not reveal further details regarding on which island the crime occurred to protect the identity of the victim.

Police assured that the investigation is ongoing.

This is the latest case of child sexual abuse that has come to light since that of a two-year-old girl in Kanduhulhudhoo, Gaafu Alif Atoll, which shook the country last Thursday.

Police on Friday arrested the girl's grandfather, 62, and great-grandfather, 82, who face sexual abuse charges against the two-year-old, and the victim’s father, 33, who is accused of negligence. The great-grandfather has a record of sexually abusing children, while the child's parents are reportedly victim to substance abuse and have criminal records.

Another case of child abuse surfaced on Saturday when the police announced the arrest of a 56-year-old man from a southern atoll, over sexually abusing a five-year-old.

In addition, Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services also disclosed that they were investigating the rape and impregnation of a 15-year-old. However, this case was lodged at the authorities eight months ago.

The abuse cases and their respective circumstances are drawing harsh criticism and backlash from the public, with many questioning the efficiency and competence of authorities and condemning them for negligence.