Police have arrested two men and a minor on suspicion of raping an Indian nurse working in the island of Gulhi in Kaafu Atoll.
Deputy Chair of the Gulhi Island Council, Abdulla Shiham, told Minivan News that the incident occurred last Friday night.
“That night a council member was phoned and informed about the incident at 12:30am in the morning,” he explained. “I myself went to the house where the nurse was staying and we reported it to the police right away. Police arrived the next morning because the weather was bad and no speedboat was available at the time.”
Police started their investigation the following morning, said Shiham, and arrested a 19 year-old, a 24 year-old and a minor.
“The nurse has worked for the island for almost five years and she has helped the islanders in many ways,” he continued. “We condemn this action with the strongest possible terms and we call on police and judiciary to give them the harshest penalty possible, even to the minor.”
Islanders were all frustrated and sad about the incident, the council chair said.
“When the doctor in the island health centre goes for vacation the nurse will not let us feel the absence of the doctor, she cares for the islanders very well, even if we asked she would open the health centre at midnight,” he added.
While the nurse wanted to come back to work for the island, Shiham said her husband did not want her to stay there any longer and she left the next day.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed the arrests were made and said the investigation was underway.