Man arrested for attack on school teacher accused of abusing student

Towers built under the Hiyaa Housing Project in Hulhumale'. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the mob attack on a male school teacher accused of sexual abuse of a male student in suburban Hulhumale’.

The 29-year-old teacher, who works at Ghaazee School, is accused of showing porn to a fourth grader at the school.

The mob attack took place on the night of August 23, near the Hiyaa flats in Hulhumale’ Phase II.

The incident was recorded on video.

In the video, a group of people confront the teacher and accuse him of abusing multiple fourth graders at the school. The teacher responds that he abused only one student.

The mob accused him of showing porn to the young boy and grooming him under the pretense of tutoring him.

He was made to strip down to his underwear and repeatedly beaten by the mob.

Police said they arrested a 36-year-old male in connection the attack on the teacher on Wednesday.

According to police, the sexual abuse of the student was reported to police on August 15. And according to the Education Ministry, the case was reported to the ministry on August 17, and he was suspended from the school the same day.

However, the teacher wasn’t arrested until August 23, after the attack on him. He has been remanded in jail pending the outcome of his trial.

Following the mob attack, police issued a statement urging people against taking the law into their own hands, warning that people who carry out vigilante attacks will be investigated and taken legal action against.