Man arrested for molesting daughter remanded to 15 days in jail

Police place a suspect under arrest in an operation in Male' City. (File Photo/Maldives Police Service)

The man arrested from Southern Maldives for the sexual abuse of his daughter has been remanded to 15 days in jail.

The man, identified by the police only as a 35-year-old local male, was arrested on Tuesday, October 8.

According to the police, he is accused of “the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 18 years who he holds a position of authority over”.

A local resident who spoke to Sun confirmed the man in question had been accused of molesting his daughter – a school student.

“The incident took place last [Monday] night. It came to light when the girl went to school and confided in people about it. The case was brought to the attention of Gender [Ministry] by the school,” said the source.

The court remanded the man to 15 days in jail on Wednesday.

Gender Ministry spokesperson has confirmed it has launched an investigation into such a case in collaboration with the police.

The police have not disclosed details regarding the case as per standard protocol in cases involving child victims.

The man is expected to be charged and tries under the Special Provisions Act to Deal with Child Sex Abuse Offenders – once the investigation is complete. The law is particularly strict on acts of sexual crimes committed by perpetrators who hold a position of authority over their victims.