Haveeru has reported that a 40 year old man has been arrested in Shaviyani Milandhoo for the alleged child rape of a 13 year old girl. It also said that the Police too have confirmed the arrest of a man for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, in Milandhoo. He is said to be under Police custody at Milandhoo Police station.
Haveeru also reveal that the man attempted to rape the child while the people of the house were all out of the house, leaving her behind at home. They had reported the man to the Police when they found the man at it, when they returned home. The Police have not yet revealed the name of the accused, according to Haveeru.
The girl has suffered sexual harm as per the health centre staff who investigated her, according to the newspaper. She is a child residing with a host family in Milandhoo, for her education.
The Maldives society and its leaders seem to have become deaf to the suffering of victims of sexual abuse of children. Most men go free after an initial media frenzy, without even seeing the insides of the Criminal Court. The men then roam around freely and the people soon forget these people. The child is labelled and lives with the stigma of sexual abuse. She often becomes a target of further attempts by psycho men with a sexual orientation for sexual abuse of children.
Maldives government, the judiciary and the agencies responsible for protection are under the stewardship of powerful men. A lot of men in Maldives openly state that children over the age of 16 years are ok for sex partners. Some even go to the extent of lowering that age to 10 or 12 years.
An MP recently proposed a bill to the parliament to bring the legal age for children to 16 years from 18 years. This will allow men to get away more easily with sexual molestation and rape with girls over 16 years through various legal loopholes.
Maldives prides itself to be a nation of 100 per cent Muslims, though Islamic values no longer exist in mainstream society, including the protection accorded to children under Islam.
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