Sun and Haveer has reported of demonstrations in Dhidhdhoo of Haa Alif atoll for the release of those held in Police custody, for the alleged sexual abuse of a 13 year old girl. It has been reported too that the girl is the daughter of a woman of Dhidhdhoo married to a man from another island in the same atoll.
Media reports have also indicated that some of the insland councilors were also seen participating in the demonstration in fron of the Police Station on the island. This was expected as those who are accused in the case have strong political connections, as also indicated in previous media reports. The chief of the island council have however told the media that he is not aware that any council members were involved in the unrest which also saw crowds gathering at the victim’s house and calling for her arrest. He did not deny the allegation.
Two of the seven arrested by the police in connection with the case are said to be under 18 years of age.
Police have confirmed that crowds gathered for the release of the people accused of having sex with a 13 year old over a long period of time. Police spokesman is reported to have said that they were under custody on a court order and urged people not to intervene. Media reports also indicate that police reinforcements had to be brought in from two other islands to control the crowds.
Just goes to show the attitude to sexual child abuse in the Maldives which is a haven for peadophiles.