A man from Shaviyani Atoll was arrested last Thursday on the island of Kulhuduffushi in Haa Dhaal Atoll for allegedly molesting his one-year-old daughter.
The man, who is married to a woman from Kulhuduffushi, was described as older but is not known to have a criminal record, according to Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam.
The abuse was discovered by a younger sister in the family, Shiyam said.
After notifying the island’s Family and Children Services Centre, the family took the baby to a nearby hospital for inspection.
“Doctors confirmed that the baby had been sexually abused, and we are investigating to see how long this has been going on,” Shiyam said.