Feb. 12 (PTI): A 24-year-old Indian was brutally gang-raped at her home in the Maldives on Sunday night and is now in a “very serious condition”, prompting India to take up the matter with the Maldivian government.
Minivan News quoted a source close to the victim as saying that she was in the intensive care unit but was “bleeding uncontrollably”.
“We have put seven pints of blood into her but she is still bleeding. It is a very serious issue. We are planning to send her to India, there is not much more we are able to do here,” the source was quoted.
A group of people had broken into her home on Sunday and allegedly raped her, Minivan News reported.
Azim Adam, the president of the council of Dhangethi island, where the woman works, said the teacher at a private computer school was in a “very serious condition” following the assault.
Dhangethi is the third largest populated island of Alif Dhaal Atoll, with a population of around 1,200.
A spokesperson for the Indian foreign ministry said the government had strongly taken up the matter with the Maldivian authorities.
He said officials from the Indian mission in Male had spoken to the Maldives’ acting minister for gender and family, Mariyam Shakeela, seeking justice for the victim.
The Maldivians have assured India that the perpetrators of the crime will be brought to justice.
The spokesperson said two Indian officials, including a woman, from the mission have met the victim at the hospital.
Island council president Adam said: “They broke in (at her house) around 2.15am. I came to know about it at 4am and I instantly reported it to the police. The girl is now in the Atoll hospital in a very serious condition.”