Man arrested for sexual abuse of stepdaughter in northern island

Protesters hold an anti-rape rally in Male' City on June 29, 2020. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

A man has been arrested for the sexual abuse of his stepdaughter at a northern island in the Maldives.

Maldives Police Service said that the sexual abuse of a girl below the age of 18 by an individual in a position of trust had been reported to the authority from an island in North Police Division comprising of Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani atolls.

A Police Spokesperson confirmed to Sun the arrest of a 40-year-old man in connection to the case on Monday. 

The Spokesperson detailed that the man has been jailed pending the outcome of trial when presented for a remand hearing before the court.

Police stressed that they, alongside Gender Ministry, were further probing the case.

Sun has learned that the man arrested was the girl’s stepfather.