There are unconfirmed reports that a girl may have been raped in Villingili, the satellite island which is 8 minutes by ferry from the capital, Male’. The girl is believed to be seventeen years old and street talk has it that she was under the care of a child care facility before the incident. It is not yet clear whether she was living there or has been handed over to family members.
The local media has not reported the incident and child care officials nor the Maldives Police Service have reported the rape.
It is quite common place in the Maldivian Society for parents and family to silence such matters and keep them under the carpet for the “honor” of the family. Child rape and sexual molestation is common place in Maldives and a lack of legal and institutional mechanisms, as well as a lack of capacity of law enforcement and child care agencies mean that the situation of children are pathetic.