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Father accused of neglect in Kanduhulhudhoo case released

Mariyam Malsa
19 February 2020, MVT 10:29
The magistrate court in Kanduhulhudhoo, Gaafu Alif Atoll. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
19 February 2020, MVT 10:29

The father accused of negligence concerning the sexual abuse of his 21-month-old daughter in Kanduhulhudhoo, Gaafu Alif Atoll, was released from detention on Tuesday.

According to the police, the 33-year-old man was released after consultation with the Prosecutor General's Office.

The police revealed that the case against the father was forwarded to the the Prosecutor General's Office last Sunday.

The man was arrested on January 17 in the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale' amid a large protest, where dozens of people gathered in front of his apartment building, demanding that he be apprehended or handed over to the people.

As per a joint statement previously released by Police and Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services, the child's paternal grandfather is the main suspect in the crime, while the great-grandfather has previous records of child sexual abuse.

On February 13, the Prosecutor General's Office formally pressed charges against the child's grandfather and great grandfather, both of whom were arrested on January 17 as well.

Ibrahim Didi, 62, and Hassan Moosa Didi, 82, were charged under subject 15 of the Special Provisions to Deal with Child Sex Abuse Offenders.

The case, which surfaced on January 16, sparked outraged protests and harsh criticism against the government. A slew of child sexual abuse cases were also reported to the authorities in the wake of the Kanduhulhudhoo one.

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