Man arrested for sexual assault of 13-year-old daughter

Protesters hold an anti-rape rally in Male' City. (File Photo/Sun/Ahmed Aushan Ilyas)

Maldives Police Service, on Thursday, arrested a man for the sexual assault of his 13-year-old daughter.

The man, identified as a 35-year-old Maldivian man, is accused of subjecting his daughter to sexual assault on multiple occasions.

The crime was reported to the Th. Veymandhoo Police Station.

The suspect was arrested under court order on Thursday, June 25.

He was presented to the Th. Veymandhoo Magistrate Court for his remand hearing, and the court issued an order to have him remanded in custody of the police in a detention facility determined by the Ministry of Home Affairs for eight days.

The case is under investigation by the Th.Veymandhoo Police Station.

The case is the latest in a string of sexual assault cases involving child victims, coming at the heels of the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in a guesthouse in Male’ City in late May, and the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in another guesthouse in Male’ City a little over a week later, in early June.

The suspect in the sexual assault of the 16-year-old girl, Unais Ahmed, 25, from Hiyaavahi in B. Thulhaadhoo, has been ordered to jail pending the outcome of his trial. The Prosecutor General’s Office has filed four charges against him with the Criminal Court.

Meanwhile, the suspect in the sexual assault of the 11-year-old girl, Anees Hilmy, 38, from Silsilaage in H. A. Baarah, has also been jailed pending the outcome of his trial. The Prosecutor General’s Office has yet to file charges against him.

Special Provisions Act to Deal with Child Sex Offenders sets out special provisions to deal with child sex offenders both at investigative and trial stages.

It prescribes a prison sentence of 15 to 18 years, if the person who carried out the offense is in a position of authority over the victim.