Local media reports have featured three very distressing reports, in the paradise island nation of Maldives.
The first is the news of a man found dead in a holiday resort in the Maldives, after the resort staff apprehended three of the four people who got on the island in the early morning hours after midnight. A group of seven people had come to the resort allegedly to rob from the resort, and four got onto the island. The other three who remained in the speed boat they came in, had escaped. The fourth man who got on the island was reported to have been found dead on the beach.
This is the second such incident in the recent months, which has been reported in the local media. The first incident was of a group of people who were caught trying to snatch the resort safe in the mid of the night.
The first is the news of a young woman who got into a taxi to go home for lunch and was taken to the truck area of the Maldives Ports, where the taxi driver attempted to sexually molest and rape the young woman. The taxi had dark tinted glass which meant that the woman’s struggling could not be seen from the outside.
This is also the second such incident that has been reported in taxis in the past several months. The other incident was of a mad taxi driver who attempted to physically abuse and torment a woman who went to the hospital.
It is unlikely that anyone will be convicted or even face charges in either of the incidents, as suspects use their right to remain silent and the evidence presented in courts are usually flowed to convince the judges of any wrongdoing by the suspects. The constitution that was brought into force in August 2007 in a bid to introduce multiparty democracy and the separation of powers have left the country in a legal limbo. The delays in introducing the necessary laws to ensure the safety and security of law abiding citizens have meant that legal loopholes, an overburdened police force, an incompetent prosecution and the judiciary (which you are prohibited by law to criticize) has made the Maldives into a paradise for the criminals.
Perhaps it will not be long before tourists will be kidnapped or held for ransom in one of the island hideaways which are isolated and do not have any police or national security arrangements to keep them safe from pirates or criminals for whom these are prize targets.
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