A man has been arrested from A. A. Maalhos for subjecting his underage daughters to “marriages” outside of the legal system.
The man, identified by the police as a 44-year-old Maldivian citizen, was arrested at approximately 11:44 am this Saturday.
According to the police, he is suspected of supporting and propagating religious extremism, child neglect, denial of constitutional rights of his children, and subjecting some of his children to marriages outside of the legal system before they had turned 18 years of age.
The case is under further investigation by the police.
Child Rights Protection Act criminalizes the marriage of anyone who hasn’t reached the age of 18 years. It’s also labelled by the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC) as an act of religious extremism.
ACTS ESTABLISHED BY NCTC AS EXAMPLES OF RELIGIUOS EXTREMISM: