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Police investigate rape of woman with disability

Ahmed Aiham
01 August 2020, MVT 10:42
During a demonstration organised by NGO Voice of Children (VOC) to demand justice for victims of rape and sexual assault. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
01 August 2020, MVT 10:42

Maldives Police Service revealed on Friday, that the rape of a woman with disabilities aged 48, was reported to the authorities from an island in the South.

The report of the rape was filed around the early hours of July 31, at the South Police Division, jurisdiction of which falls on the atolls of Addu and Fuvahmulah.

Police are currently investigating the matter, although no arrests have been made as of yet.

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) and Nufoshey 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.

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