Police have arrested four men and one minor in connection with the gang rape of a 17 year-old girl on the island of Milandhoo in Shaviyani Atoll.
In a statement police said that five arrested were aged between 17 and 21.
Police did not provide further details of the case but stated that the victim was 17 years-old and the incident occurred on Monday night at around 10:00pm.
Island Council President Mohamed Yasir told Minivan News he received information about the incident shortly after it occurred.
‘’Upon hearing the news I went to the girl’s house and she was with her mother sitting down and crying, her clothes were torn and there were lots of signs she’d been attacked on her body and clothes,’’ he said.
‘’She told us that the group of people appeared from nowhere and snatched her while she was walking home from tuition class last night,’’ he said. ‘’She said all the men in the group were covering their faces but she could identify some of them by their height, voice and other characteristics.’’
Yasir said the victim had scratches and bruises on her body and said ‘’the group not only sexually assaulted her, she was physically abused. She told us it was a huge group and almost everyone there took photos and videoed her and threatened to leak it on Facebook if she told anyone about it.’’
Yasir said the girl was taken to the island’s beach where the group tore off her clothes and gang-raped her.
According to Yasir, the girl said she had recently received threats from several people in the group.
A local islander alleged a group of men grabbed the victim and covered her face using a T-shirt before abducting her: “There were scratches on her face,” he said.
“She knew some of the people in the group that snatched her and she the police their names. They have been arrested,’’ he said.
The girl was admitted to the island health centre after the incident.