Man arrested for sexual abuse of 5-year-old in southern Maldives

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

A suspect has been arrested in connection to the sexual abuse of a five-year-old child in southern Maldives.

According to the police, the sexual abuse was reported by a healthcare facility in an island under the jurisdiction of the South Police Division on Sunday.

The suspect in the case, identified as a 36-year-old Maldivian man, was arrested under court order on Sunday night.

The case is under further investigation by the police.

Those with information regarding crimes against children are urged to call the Maldives Police Service’s Family and Child Protection Department at 3000600 or the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services hotline 1412.