Qur’an teacher on child sex abuse charges moved to house arrest

Former Qari Hussein Thaufeeq, arrested last month on multiple charges of child sex abuse, has been transferred to house arrest, reports Haveeru.

Renowned Qari Thaufeeq, Maafannu Dreamy Light, was arrested on 17 August this year and faces up to 18 years imprisonment if found guilty.

He was transferred to house arrest on Friday, as confirmed by the Criminal Court and the police.

The penalty for child sex abuse, according to the Child Sex Abuse (Special Provisions) Act, is 10-14 years but can be extended to 15-18 years if the accused was in a position of trust with the childrenhe allegedly abused.

Thaufeeq was a resource person at the Centre for Holy Quran in Male’ when the allegations were made against him.