Maldives Police Service, on Saturday, arrested an expatriate suspected of sexually assaulting a special needs woman, aged 31, in Thoddoo, Alif Alif Atoll.
According to Police, the 43-year-old Bangladeshi was arrested with a court order, after receiving initial reports of the sexual assault on Friday.
Although no further details were disclosed, police stated that the matter is currently under investigation.
Public ire continues to soar over the government’s meagre record of arresting and convicting perpetrators of sexual offences despite several promises to support the rights of children and women.
Protesters demanding justice for rape and sexual assault victims held demonstrations during June and July in front of Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services as well as the roads of capital Male’, following an upsurge of reported cases and alleged misconduct of police during investigations.
Recently, a collective of gender equality advocates originating from Family Legal Clinic (FLC), Nufoshey and Uthema Maldives also launched the #FundOurSafety initiative, voicing demands to reallocate state funds for the protection of victims.
Meanwhile, the police have warned over increasing incidents of child abuse and exploitation, urging parents and guardians to be aware and report any such cases to the police’s Family and Child Protection Wing at +960 3000600 or the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services at 1412.
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