Malé, Maldives — The Maldives Police Service has informed that they have not yet found evidence against any specific individual to establish a suspect regarding the rape case of a young girl.
Police revealed that on March 11th, the Police received a report that a young girl below the age of 18 years was raped by an individual on March 3rd in a island in the northern Maldives.
Police stated that as they currently have no evidence against any specific individual to establish them as suspects for the rape case, they are yet to investigate the issue and collect evidence against the culprit.
A family member of the victim spoke to local media outlet, “Sun” and informed that the crime took place on the evening of March 3, when the young 14-year-old girl went to the school for school activities and was later taken to a nearby guesthouse by her teacher.
According to the informant, when the child reached the guesthouse, there were already three men waiting for her, however, she was not able to identify any of them due to masks.
The family member stated that the girl was later given a glass of juice which was likely to contain a substance at the guesthouse, after which, she was gang raped by four men who threatened to kill the young girl had if she reported the incident to anyone.
However, after the girl came forward and reported the crime to her family and Gender Ministry, residents of the island had staged a protest outside the local police station on Wednesday demanding the Police to arrest the suspects. The protest resulted in clashes between the Police and protesters, where the Police was later forced to use pepper spray on some of the protestors.
An individual from the island stated that the islanders are outraged by the fact that the accused teacher who was involved in the raping is roaming around free as it poses as a threat to other young children in the island.
While the Police is currently investigating the matter to establish a suspect for the rape case, the Gender Ministry issued a statement announcing that a case of sexual violence against a 14-year-old girl has come to the attention of the Ministry on March 10th and that the victim has now been moved to a safer location.