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Police arrests two over rape of woman with disability

Ahmed Aiham
01 August 2020, MVT 14:19
Maldives Police Service officers pictured during a meeting with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
01 August 2020, MVT 14:19

Maldives Police Service, on Saturday, revealed that two men were arrested in connection to the alleged rape of a woman with disabilities in a southern atoll.

According to Police, the two men were aged 30 and 19, respectively, and was arrested during Friday evening.

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.

While Police are currently investigating the matter, no further details were released by authorities.

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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