Stepfather arrested for sexual abuse of 11-year-old stepdaughter

Protesters hold an anti-rape rally in Male' City. (Sun File Photo/Mohamed Muzayyin Nazim)

The stepfather of an 11-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicions of sexually abusing her.

A Police Spokesperson said that sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl by an individual in a position of trust at an island in North Police Region was reported to them on last Friday.

The Spokesperson identified the suspect arrested as a 47-year-old man.

Sun has learned that the man is the girl’s stepfather.

The Spokesperson added that the Police and Gender Ministry were jointly investigating the case further.

As per the Law on Special Provisions Act to Deal with Child Sex Abuse Offenders – should sexual abuse against a minor by an individual in a position of trust be proven at court, he or she faces a jail sentence of 15 to 18 years.