Four arrested on charges of raping and filming a minor

Police have arrested two minors and two men in connection with the rape and filming of an underage girl in a house in Male’.

In a video interview, Family and Child Protection Department Head, Chief Inspector, Hassan Shifau, said that the incident occurred on July 27. Police were called the same morning at about 12:50am.

Shifau said that when police investigators queried the victim about the incident she said had gone into a house in Male’ to meet a friend, but when she arrived there were three males inside the room waiting for her.

According to Shifau, the victim said the three men inside the room threatened her and forced her to smoke cigarettes, and later forced her to have sex with them and filmed the incident.

Shifau said the girl was taken to hospital after the incident. Police searched the crime scene and collected evidence.

The four were arrested within 72 hours from the time the incident occurred, police added.

Police identified the two men arrested in the case as Ismail Nazim, 27 of Alifushi in Raa Atoll and Asnaf Mohamed, 20 of Fuvamulah.

Shifau appealed to the public to inform police about such crimes as soon as they occurred, stating that it was easier for police to collect evidence and arrest people involved if crimes were reported quickly.

The incident is the third rape to be reported in less than a week.

Police have appealed for public assistance in locating an expat suspected of abducting and raping a 19 year-old girl on Hulhumale on Saturday while she was on her way to an office.

The man allegedly snatched the girl from the street and raped her in some bushes near Reethi Gas Magu Road.

Meanwhile on July 30, police arrested four men and one minor in connection with the gang rape of a 17 year-old girl on the island of Milandhoo in Shaviyani Atoll.