Reactions As Rape Of Kenyan Woman In The Maldives Raises Questions

A Kenyan woman based in the Maldives was recently attacked and raped by two strangers.

The victim was assaulted on an anchored yacht in the Male, Hulhumale region of the country.

She is quoted to have said that two men both aged 39, approached her asking if she could meet them.

Before she knew it they attacked her and forcefully held her then one of them raped her.

However, she managed to break free and jumped into the water and swarm away to the pier. But they followed her.

She screamed until the moment the police on patrol came to her rescue and arrested the men.

However, local news outlets indicate that both suspects were later released under unclear circumstances.

The Maldivian community has been restless since the release of suspects from custody with a number of them expressing a lack of faith in the police and justice systems.

It is also alleged that one of the suspects in the assault is a relative of a top government official, but this has not been verified yet.

According to the repots, the victim who was an employee at a resort on the island was not medically examined after the incident.

As such, the People Daily reports that former Maldives Minister for Gender and women’s rights activist, Aneesa Ahmed raised emerging questions on why the victim was never taken to any health facility.

It was after this concern that she was taken in for a medical examination.

It is further reported that the victim was offered $500 to drop the charges against the suspects.

When details of the case were sought, police maintained that it was standard protocol to withhold any information on rape-related cases.

Ahmed Usham, a former Deputy Attorney General and Vilimale MP yesterday called upon the police to release satisfactory answers to such a powerful allegation.




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