Child Abuse

Elders suspected of raping two-year-old, arrested

  • The two-year-old was sexually assaulted by her father, grandfather and great grandfather
  • The case has churned public outcry, some calling for the offenders to be hanged

Zunana Zalif
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K. Male' 2020 Jan 17 | Fri 15:43 local 74,119

The case surfaced on Thursday and social media has boiled over - Google

Maldives Police Service (MPS) has arrested two individuals accused of sexually assaulting a two-year-old.

Arrested were a 62-year-old and an 81-year-old.

While the sexual assault case surfaced from an island in northern Maldives late Thursday, police revealed that the men were taken into police custody a little past 3pm on Friday and that initially, three are suspected to be involved in the case.

The arrests come at a time police assured the public that they are investigating the matter as a serious case.

RaajjeMV understands that the sexual abuse was inflicted on the two-year-old by her father, grandfather and great grandfather, while her mother was in capital city Malé for a drug rehabilitation program.

Sources report that the parents are drug users.

Posts circulating of social media have revealed that the child’s aunt had apparently attempted to take the two-year-old under care when her mother left, however, the father had refused.

Her injuries and wounds were discovered after she told her aunt about pain in her private parts, upon which her aunt took her to the hospital and got her consulted with a doctor.

Further, the child has since been taken under the care of the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services.

The ministry is working to transfer the child under the care of other relatives.

Gender Ministry is yet to comment on the matter.

This comes at a time authorities have drawn public criticism, especially the Gender Ministry for inadequate action taken against child sex offenders and to curb the crime, not observably decreasing in the Maldives.

Last updated at: 6 days ago | Reviewed by: Abdulla Naseer Ibrahim

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