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Police investigate sexual abuse of boy by "respectable" man

Shahudha Mohamed
06 July 2020, MVT 10:34
Woman holding up a sign that reads "who will take responsibility" in demonstrations held by protestors over the lack of justice for victims of rape and sexual abuse. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
06 July 2020, MVT 10:34

Maldives Police Service, on Monday, launched investigations into the sexual abuse a male minor, aged above 10.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator, accused of attempting to force a boy into performing sexual acts, is an adult that currently serves in a "respectable position".

The case was reported on July 5, to the South Central Police Division, the jurisdiction of which falls upon the atolls of Thaa and Laamu Atoll.

Police have yet to make any arrests regarding the case, but assured that the incident is being investigated with utmost seriousness.

The case is one among a number of child sexual abuse cases that recently surfaced in the country, including two cases of rape and impregnation.

Public ire continues to soar over the government's meagre record of arresting and convicting perpetrators of sexual offences despite several promises to support the rights of children and women.

Protesters demanding justice for rape and sexual assault victims have held demonstrations in front of Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services as well as the roads of capital Male', following an upsurge of reported cases and alleged misconduct of police during investigations.

Recently, a collective of gender equality advocates originating from Family Legal Clinic (FLC), Nufoshey and Uthema Maldives also launched the #FundOurSafety initiative, voicing demands to declare rape and sexual offences as serious criminal offences and reallocate state funds for the protection of victims.

Meanwhile, the police have warned over increasing incidents of child abuse and exploitation, urging parents and guardians to be aware and report any such cases to the police's Family and Child Protection Wing at +960 3000600 or the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services at 1412.

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