Police investigate physical abuse of young girl in Thinadhoo

G. Dh. Thinadhoo. (Photo/Ahmed Nihan)

The police have launched an investigation into the physical abuse of a young girl in Thinadhoo, a residential island in G. Dh. Atoll.

The case was reported to the Thinadhoo Police Station on Sunday night.

The victim was identified by the police as a 13-year-old.

The police said that the case is under further investigation, and that the Gender Ministry has taken measures to ascertain the safety of the victim.

“Offenses against children are treated as serious offenses and will be investigated with utmost diligence,” added the police.

A young man announced he reported the case to the authorities, in a series of tweets that went viral, on Sunday night.

He said that he reported the case after the victim’s neighbors told him that the young girl was being beaten by her parents and forced to do housework and look after her younger siblings.

He said that he hasn’t witnessed the abuse himself, but has heard the young girl’s screams.

Those with information regarding offenses 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’ helpline 1412.