Kolamaafushi Court in Gaafu Alifu Atoll has sentenced a man to 39 lashes and 16 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping his mother, in the presence of a minor.
According to police, 31 year-old Abdulla Nizam was sentenced to six years imprisonment and 39 lashes for the rape of an “unmarriageable” person, and a further 10 years imprisonment for having sex in the presence of a minor.
The latter charge is a criminal offence under the Child Sex Abuse Special Provisions Act.
The investigation of the rape was concluded and sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office in April 2010, while the investigation into the presence of the minor was was concluded in September the same year.
The case was investigated by the Villingili Police Station based on the island of Villingili in Gaa Alifu Atoll.
In October last year, police arrested a 26 year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting his 62 year-old grandmother on the island of Hithadhoo of Addu City.
Local media Haveeru reported that time that the 26 year-old man was a grandson of the woman, who was half-paralysed.
In April 2011, a 19 year-old man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 74 year-old elderly woman on the same island.