A police officer accused of raping a young girl has been arrested on Thursday evening.
Police said a 34 year old man was arrested on Thursday evening shortly after 11 pm. Police's Family and Child Department along with Addu's Police were investigating the case.
He is accused of raping a 16 year old girl. However, it is being said that this has been going on since the child was 14 years old. Reportedly his wife had witnessed one such occasion where he was raping the child.
The minor is related to his wife.
Prior to his arrest, locals in Addu City had protested accusing local police of protecting the accused officer. Police had used pepper spray on the protestors last evening in order to control the crowd.