Police have arrested a woman who for alleged mistreatment of her four year old child in Kulhudhufuhsi in Haa Dhaalu Atoll.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said the woman had her child tied up with rope when police officers attended the house.
”Police went to her house after receiving information that this was happening,” said Shiyam. ”We conducted a special joint operation with the police and Ministry of Health and arrested the woman.”
He said that the father of the child was not at home when police arrived.
Local media has reported that the 24 year-old woman had been keeping the boy tied to a window in the house, and that there were bruises and scars on his leg.
After the police arrested the woman the boy was taken to Kulhudhufushi hospital.
In an unrelated case last Thursday, a newborn baby was found abandoned near the Wataniya telecommunications tower in Hulhumale’.
According to police, the baby girl was taken to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and her condition has since improved.
The umbilical cord was reportedly still attached to the child when she was discovered by members of the public.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the father of the child was at home when police arrived. This has been amended.