Man arrested for sexual abuse of 13-year-old in southern Maldives

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

Police have arrested a suspect for the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl in southern Maldives. 

A police spokesperson said the case was reported to the South Police Division (Addu City, Fuvahmulah City) on Thursday, September 23. 

The spokesperson confirmed the police have arrested a 42-year-old male in connection to the case. 

The court ordered him to jail pending a decision during the trial during his remand hearing. 

The latest case comes as police investigate the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl by a teacher in another island in southern Maldives. 

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.