A 28 year old man from the island of Kolamaafushi in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll was arrested by police for allegedly abusing an eight year old boy on Friday and later trying to rape his own mother that evening.
Police Sub Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that a man from Kolamaafushi had been arrested in connection with the two crimes but said at the moment police were unable to provide further details as the case was under investigation.
Police atoll commander for Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, Ali Mustafa, said the man was arrested last night around 10:30pm and had a recent record of child abuse. Mustafa said police discovered the man hiding on the beach of Kolamaafushi.
An official from the island office reported the man to police after he was called to the house in the course of his duties and discovered him lying on a bed naked with the child, watching TV.
Before he was arrested by police the man attempted to sexually assault his mother, the official said.
The woman jumped out a window and escaped to a nearby house, pursued by her son.
”[He] ran after her naked and tried to enter that house,” the official said, ”but a man from the house protected the woman.”
The neighbour was injured in a scuffle with the man, he said, while the woman suffered scratches to her neck.
Deputy Minister for Health and Family Mariya Ali said the ministry had received a report of one of the two incidents “but ‘would not like to mention which one.”
”These types of cases been occurring for a long time,” she said, ”but people have been very hesitant to inform [the authorities].”
She said to prevent such incidents from happening the ministry needed the help of the community.
”In every case there is someone from the community who know about it,” she said.