Police have arrested a female staff member working at the Villingili children’s home, after she allegedly physically abused a boy living in the centre.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that police had received reports of the incident.
“It’s very difficult to provide further details of the incident at this time,” he said. “I can only confirm that police have received a report that this incident occurred.”
Deputy Minister for Health Lubna Mohamed told Minivan News that media reports of the arrest made in the children’s home were correct.
“A child care worker working at the Villingili children’s home was arrested by police after we learnt that she had physically abused a child living there,” Lubna said.
Lubna said the issue came to light after the director of the children’s home noticed that the child had visible external bruises.
“The director informed us of the incident and we immediately reported it to police,” she said. “We have zero tolerance for such actions. All staff working in the children’s home have to respect the rights of the child.”
Lubna said the staff member was summoned to the Criminal Court which granted a five-day extension of her detention.
In October last year, the Maldives Police Service and the Health Ministry commenced a joint investigation into “erious issues” concerning the mistreatment of children at the children’s home.
However, no information on the matter was divulged.