A 53-year-old man suspected of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in Addu Atoll Hithadhoo was arrested today.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody after the case was reported to the police.
Shiyam declined to divulge further information regarding the case.
Local daily Haveeru reported today that the girl had a mental disorder.
Ahmed Mohamed, head of Hithadhoo Regional Hospital, also confirmed the incident occurred, ”but we do not have further information on the case,” he said.
Both the health ministry’s child and family protection unit and the Hithadhoo councillor also declined to provide any information.
Meanwhile, an employee at the hospital confirmed that the girl was brought to the hospital to get a medical report.
The hospital staff member claimed the suspect was an employee at the hospital.
”He is a man from Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll,” he said. ”It happened in another district so we also do not know much about the case.”