Police investigate man’s alleged sexual assault of granddaughter

Police are investigating allegations that a 72 year-old man from Seenu Atoll sexually abused his five year-old granddaughter.

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said the suspect was arrested on December 2, 2010, and released three days later.

He said that the allegations against the man were made by the girl’s father, who was now separated from the mother.

“It seems like there is a family problem as both father and mother are separated,” he said.

As with any cases relating to alleged sexual assault, Shiyam said that the police would also be working with the Ministry of Gender and Family to provide support to the family.