Police urge against vigilante justice

Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Hameed speaking in the press conference to give details about the explosion which took place on May 6, 2021 leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed injured | Photo: Adhadhu

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service has issued a public request urging the public to not engage in vigilante activities, exercising brutal acts in the name of justice.

The statement follows the most recent incident where a male teacher, accused of sexually molesting his student was dragged to the road and beaten up. Police have since arrested the teacher in question.

Unverified local reports state that the teacher was previously accused of molesting a child as well, and that the teacher committed the act in question this time while providing tuition services to the student on the initiative of the teacher himself.

Police arrested the teacher from Hiyaa Flat area at around 20:00 on 23rd August, following a report received regarding a man being injured. Police confirmed that the initial complaint was raised against the teacher on 15th August.

Speaking on the matter, Police reminded the public that there are channels within the laws and regulations of the country to investigate and punish those who commit criminal activities. The authority also added that carrying out brutal activities of punishing nature against accused individuals in violation of the country’s laws are very concerning, and may even compromise public safety.

“We urge the public to not repeat such incidents. Individuals who carry out such activities will be investigated and taken action against,” Police said.