Sexually abused toddler's parents charged with child endangerment

Some residents of G. A Kanduhulhudhoo are seen on the streets of the island going about their business. (Sun Photo/Muzayyin Nazim)

Prosecutor General’s Office has brought charges against the parents of a toddler who was abused by elderly family members.

The child, who is barely two years old, was subjected to sexual abuse, allegedly by the paternal grandfather and great grandfather. The PG office had brought two charges of child endangerment against the mother and father of the child in the case that sparked outrage in the country. 

Although PG did not elaborate on which case it was pursuing, “Sun” has learned that the parents of the toddler were charged by the PG.

Those accused in the abuse case are Ibrahim Didi (62), from Rihiveli, G.A Kanduhulhudhoo who is the paternal grandfather of the toddler and Hassan Moosa Didi (82) from Annaarumaage, G.A Kanduhulhudhoo who is the great grandfather of the child. Both of them are in detention until the end of the hearing.

Journalists of “Sun” that visited the island following the case, spoke with neighbors of the family who accused the child’s parents of child endangerment. They alleged that the parents knew about the abuse the toddler was subjected to. The neighbors also accused that no institutions pursued complaints regarding the great grandfather as he belonged to a powerful and influential family of the island.