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Police arrest man over alleged abuse of three minors

Ahmed Aiham
27 August 2020, MVT 20:24
This protest against impunity for offenders and lack of justice for survivors of abuse, violence and harassment, titled 'Anhenunah #JaagaEhNei' or 'No Space For Women', was held by a collective of gender advocates in July 2020. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
27 August 2020, MVT 20:24

Maldives Police Service, on Thursday, revealed that a Maldivian male aged 45, in connected to the alleged sexual abuse of three minors was arrested on Wednesday.

Authorities disclosed that the sexual abuse case was reported on August 17, to the South Central Police Division, the jurisdiction of which falls upon the atolls of Thaa and Laamu Atoll.

Police noted that the man was remanded until the end of trial, in connection to the sexual abuse of his daughter and two other children.

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.

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.

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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