Charges have been levied against the perpetrators involved in the sexual assault of a toddler almost two years of age from Kanduhulhudhoo island in Gaaf Alif atoll.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), Hassan Moosa Didi of Kanduhulhoo island, Annaarumaage (82-years-old) and Ibrahim Didi of Kanduhulhoo island, Rihiveli has been charged under article 15 of the Special Provisions Act to Deal with Child Sex Abuse Offenders (Act number: 12/2009). Article 15 (b) states that engaging in a sexual act with a child of a person’s family shall be punishable with imprisonment for a period between 20 years and 25 years.
The case of sexual assault against a toddler one year and nine months of age arose on 15 January and implicated in the case are the two-year-old’s 33-year-old father, her 62-year-old grandfather and 82-year-old great grandfather. Their remand was extended by another 15 days on 2 February. Remands of the accused are set to expire on 16 February.
The father is accused of negligence in the case. The toddler’s mother was in capital city Malé due to health issues when this case emerged.
While sources report that both parents are drug users, police confirmed that they have criminal records. Police have since revealed that the child’s father is fully cooperating with police investigations.