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.


Man who raped mother receives 16 years’ prison, 39 lashes

Kolamaafushi Court in Gaafu Alifu Atoll has sentenced a man to  39 lashes and 16 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping his mother, in the presence of a minor.

According to police, 31 year-old Abdulla Nizam was sentenced to six years imprisonment and 39 lashes for the rape of an “unmarriageable” person, and a further 10 years imprisonment for having sex in the presence of a minor.

The latter charge is a criminal offence under the Child Sex Abuse Special Provisions Act.

The investigation of the rape was concluded and sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office in April 2010, while the  investigation into the presence of the minor was was concluded in September the same year.

The case was investigated by the Villingili Police Station based on the island of Villingili in Gaa Alifu Atoll.

In October last year, police arrested a 26 year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting his 62 year-old grandmother on the island of Hithadhoo of Addu City.

Local media Haveeru reported that time that the 26 year-old man was a grandson of the woman, who was half-paralysed.

In April 2011, a 19 year-old man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 74 year-old elderly woman on the same island.