Police have arrested eight paedophiles in two separate incidents involving the sexual abuse of two girls, aged three and ten.
Addressing press today, Inspector Mirufath Faiz, head of the police family and child protection unit, said the ten-year-old girl from Haa Dhaalu atoll Naivaadhoo had been repeatedly sexually abused by her father, uncle and four family friends since the age of five.
The girl’s mother who is divorced from her father reported the case on 16 April after she discovered her daughter had been abused; the girl had been living with her father and step-mother.
“According to her medical records, doctors say the girl is neither physically nor mentally fit,” said Mirufath.
The ages of the six men who abused the girl ranged from 19 to 73, she said, adding the police investigation revealed the girl had on one occasion been simultaneously sexually abused by her 45-year-old father and 52-year-old uncle.
Although the names of the girl’s father and uncle cannot be named to protect her identity, the other suspects are Abdulla Ali, 73, from Haa Dhaalu atoll Naivaadhoo; Abdulla Shareef, 36, from Thaa atoll Thimarafushi; Ahmed Muhuthaaru, 19, from Haa Dhaalu atoll Naivaadhoo; and Ismail Ahmed, 52, from M. Baadhiya in Male’.
Mirufath said the case of the three-year-old girl from Vilimale’ island was filed on 3 May and two expatriates, Juweil, 20, and Ramzan Ali, 26, were being held in police custody in connection with the crime.
She said the two men did not have valid work permits and had been hired by the girl’s family on a temporary basis to carry out household chores.
“I appeal not to expose your children,” said Mirufath.