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Expat remanded over sexual abuse of teenager

Ahmed Aiham
13 February 2020, MVT 20:37
A child photographed in Kanduhulhudhoo, Gaafu Alif Atoll, during local media Mihaaru's special coverage following the sexual abuse of a 21-month-old on the island. Cases of sexual violence being reported to the authorities have spiked since the incident. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
13 February 2020, MVT 20:37

A 40-year-old Bangladeshi expatriate on Tuesday, was remanded for 15 days for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a southern atoll.

The matter was reported to the South Police Division, which comprises of Fuvahmulah and Addu City.

Police are currently investigating the matter.

Parliament recently approved of the Committee on Human Rights and Gender's inquiry report on child sexual abuse.

The report was compiled to glean the extent of state negligence and assess the level of rampant child sexual abuse in the country. The report was approved by a unanimous decision from the 74 MPs present at the sitting.

The committee report, now published on the parliament's official website, found that, over the past 15 years, only 390 out of 3,100 child abuse cases reached a conviction.

Furthermore, the report noted considerable delays in both police investigations and court procedure, stating that 70.46 percent of concluded cases from the last 15 years took more than a year to reach conclusion.

The committee's report asserted that the delays are an "impediment to securing justice for child victims of sexual violence and further endangers the victims as well as other children".

The report goes on to state that there was no database or system in place for state institutions to collaborate on cases of child sexual abuse.