Police have arrested three 17 year-old males and a 19 year-old man in connection with the gang rape and filming of a 20 year-old girl on the island of Dhuvaafaru in Raa Atoll.
Police would not provide further information on the matter, but said the case was now under investigation.
A member of the Dhuvaafaru Island Council told Minivan News on condition of anonymity that the incident occurred three days ago.
“They went out to drive a motorbike around the island and they stopped near the beach in the industrial zone of the island near the power house,’’ he said. “The case was not reported to the council but was reported directly to police, we only heard of it the next day.”
The councillor insisted to Minivan News that media reports of the incident were inaccurate.
“The four boys always hang out with this girl and she is not very well disciplined; it is very unlikely that anyone would have to rape her, it would be easier than that,’’ he claimed. “I think the girl reported it to police as a gang rape because they filmed the incident.”
‘’It’s very sad, I think the boys will be scared and worried, because they are not that type of guys,’’ he added.
The councillor said the detention period of the four suspects was extended to 15 days. All were from Dhuvaafaru, he said, and were being held in a detention centre on Ungoofaaru island.