An eight-year-old boy who was sexually abused by his mother is being denied care by other islanders on Lhaviyani atoll Hinnavaru, because they are concerned he is too sexually experienced, an official reported.
The boy’s 40-year-old mother was arrested on Sunday, said Councillor Adam Yusuf, and neighbours believe the boy was sexually molested for over a year. “It seems that the mother was having an affair with his son,” said Adam.
Health Minister Dr Aminath Jameel raised concern over the case, saying “I wondered if the mother had a heart”.
The story first surfaced on Saturday evening, according to Adam, when the boy confided in a neighbour about the abuse. He said the case was reported to Hinnavaru police station and Lhaviyani atoll Naifaru Family and Children Service Centre on Sunday.
The boy lived with his mother and his one-month-old brother; both boys were born out of wedlock. “She lives isolated from the islanders,” said Adam of the boys’ mother. “She makes a living out of donations from islanders. Islanders are happy for arresting that cruel lady.”
Adam said the baby was in the care of his aunt, but no one was willing to accept the eight-year-old boy because “he might teach sex to other children”.
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