Maldives Police Service arrested an 18-year-old man on Thursday over sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.
Police stated that the abuse was reported to the South Police Division, which comprises Fuvahmulah City and Addu City, on Wednesday.
They stated that the suspect was arrested under a warrant and that they were investigating the case further.
As per the Child Right's Protection Act that came into effect on February 2, 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 since mid-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 stated that the investigations were underway.