A Quran teacher on Filladhoo in Haa Alifu Atoll has been arrested after he was discovered inside a room with a 13 year old girl.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that the teacher was arrested on Monday night and was in police custody.
A Filladhoo islander told Minivan News that the teacher was a temporary Islam and Quran teacher who had been working at Filladhoo school for two months.
‘’He is 19 years old and the 13 year-old girl was his girlfriend,’’ the islander alleged. “They were inside a room in the girl’s grandmother’s house when the police arrested him.’’
The islander claimed the girl’s parents were aware of their relationship and noted that such things were “quite common on the island.’’
The teacher had been reported to police by some boys on the island who had a grudge against him, the islander claimed.
A total of 198 arrests were made for child abuse cases from the beginning of the year to the end of September 2010.
The crime of child abuse is most common in Male’. More than 16 percent of girls in Male’ under the age of fifteen are sexually abused, four percent higher than the national average.
The national average stands at 12 percent – of every 100 Maldivian girls under the age of fifteen, twelve are sexually abused. Most perpetrators of the crime, according to a 2007 Gender Ministry report on women’s health and well-being, are male family members of the children.
The second most common perpetrators are male acquaintances of the family, neighbours, teachers or religious leaders.
Three men from Filladhoo were arrested recently for allegedly using spy cameras to filming videos young girls showering.
According to the islander, the three men admitted they committed the crime but have since been released by the court.