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‘Mentally-ill’ foreign woman restrained by police

A foreign woman, thought to be mentally ill, was restrained by police outside a mosque in Malé on Wednesday night.

Police said that officers out on patrol were asked to help restrain a woman near the Sosun magu – Ameer Ahmed Hingun junction in Henveiru ward at around 7 pm on Wednesday. The woman, of Caucasian appearance and seemingly middle-aged, is a patient at ADK hospital, from where she had apparently run away.

“A mentally-ill person taken for treatment to ADK hospital disobeyed helpers and fled the hospital. At around 19:08, a police beat near the Sosun magu Ameer Ahmed junction was asked to help take the person back to the hospital,” a police spokesperson told the media.

The woman was restrained by police and taken back to the hospital in a police vehicle, police said.

The police did not identify the patient as a foreign woman, but a video posted on social media shows three police officers restraining a caucasian woman at the entrance of Iskandharu mosque.

The woman was shouting “Help me please!”, as the officers restrained her, with a struggle but using a minimum of force. Two Caucasian men were with the woman and helped officers restrain her.

Police said there was no disturbance inside the mosque  despite local media reports to the contrary.

“She was a mentally-ill person. There was no disorder inside the mosque,” a police spokesperson told the Maldives Independent. 

ADK hospital did not comment further on the incident.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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