73-year-old man arrested for sexual abuse of young girl

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

Police have arrested a suspect in the sexual abuse of a young girl in central Maldives.

According to a police spokesperson, the crime took place in an island under the jurisdiction of the North Central Police Region – K. Atoll, AA. Atoll, ADh. Atoll, and V. Atoll.

The victim was identified as a 16-year-old girl.

The case was reported to police Monday night.

Police have arrested a 73-year-old Maldivian male in connection to the case.

The case is under investigation by the police, said the spokesperson.

The police do not disclose details, including the island where the crime took place, in order to protect the identity of child victims.

Those with information regarding crimes against children are urged to call the Maldives Police Service’s Family and Child Protection Department at 3000600 or the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services’ helpline 1412.