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Police arrest father for alleged sexual abuse of daughter

Ahmed Aiham
30 March 2020, MVT 12:47
Citizens protest against rape in front of the gender ministry on January 17, 2020, amidst the investigation into the sexual abuse of a 2-year-old girl. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
30 March 2020, MVT 12:47

Maldives Police Service on Sunday, arrested a 40-year-old man over sexually assaulting his 14-year-old daughter.

The arrest was made at approximately 1815 hrs under a court order on March 29.

Police disclosed that the crime was reported earlier on March 28 in the North Police Division, which serves the atolls of Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani.

Police reiterated that all cases involving children are investigated with utmost seriousness.

As per the Child Right's Protection Act that came into effect on 02 February 2020, authorities have not disclosed identifying details pertaining to the victim or the island on which the crime occurred. Further, an ombudsman that can reveal such information has not yet been declared.

A significant number of child sexual abuse cases were reported to the authorities throughout January, following the surfacing of a shocking case involving the sexual abuse of a two-year-old. Based on reports, police have to date, made numerous arrests and have stated that the investigations were underway.

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