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Minor threatened and harassed, no arrests made: Police

Ahmed Aiham
14 July 2020, MVT 17:32
A poster against sexual harassment. PHOTO: NUFOSHEY
Ahmed Aiham
14 July 2020, MVT 17:32

Maldives Police Service, on Tuesday, revealed that a girl under the age of 18 was sexually harassed and threatened in capital Male'.

According to authorities, no arrests have been made yet over the matter.

However, police assured that an investigation is underway.

This is the latest in a string of recent reported cases on sexual abuse, assault and harassment. The most prominent case emerged last week when President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih dismissed then-Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed, following complaints of sexual misconduct within the tourism ministry.

Public ire continues to increase 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.

Recently, a collective of gender equality advocates originating from Family Legal Clinic (FLC), Nufoshey and Uthema Maldives 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.

Several protests have also been held, the most recent being the 'JaagaEhNeh' protest held on Sunday afternoon, to demand that perpetrators and authorities be held accountable and justice ensured for victims and survivors.

Meanwhile, the police have warned over increasing incidents of child sexual abuse, urging parents and guardians to be aware and report knowledge of any such information 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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