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Expat arrested over sexual harassment

Mariyam Malsa
03 December 2020, MVT 18:43
Protesters amid a demonstration held on the streets of Male' City, against all forms of sexual violence and to hold perpetrators and the authorities accountable, on June 29, 2020. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
03 December 2020, MVT 18:43

Maldives Police Service, on Thursday, revealed that a 54-year-old expatriate was arrested for sexually harassing two women on the road.

According to the police, the incident was reported at approximately 2208 hrs on Tuesday.

Noting that the Indian national was arrested over the matter on Wednesday, the police assured that further investigations were underway concerning the case.

Since the beginning of the year, public ire has grown considerably over the government's meagre record of arresting and convicting sexual offenders, despite numerous pledges made to protect the rights of children and women".

Protesters demanding justice for rape and sexual assault victims held demonstrations during June and July 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.

According to 'The Maldives Study on Women’s Health and Life Experiences' conducted by the Gender Ministry in 2006, one in three women and girls have reported experiencing either physical or sexual violence, or both, at least once during their lifetimes.

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