Male', Maldives – Over 2,000 police complaints were registered in Male' city in the first quarter of this year, according to recent police data. A staggering total of 2,520 cases were recorded, raising alarm among citizens and officials.
The data suggests that most of these incidents took place in the Maafannu area, where the authorities registered 781 cases. Henveiru followed next with 515 cases, with Mahchangoalhi, Galolhu, and Hulhumale' recording 176, 284, and 571 cases respectively.
Amid this surge, law enforcement officials have been proactive, with 826 cases already closed by the police. Maafannu saw the highest number of case closures at 290, closely followed by Hulhumale' with 220 case closures. Henveiru, Galolhu, and Machangolhi registered fewer case closures, tallying 124, 62, and 69 respectively.
However, in a somewhat concerning trend, only 45 cases from the first quarter have been submitted to the Prosecutor General's Office for prosecution after the completion of the investigation, according to police data. In Hulhumale', 11 cases were submitted for prosecution, with Henveiru, Galolhu, Machangolhi, and Maafannu following with 8, 4, 6, and 16 cases respectively.
This disparity between the number of registered complaints and cases submitted for prosecution is likely to stir up questions about the efficacy of the criminal justice system in the city. As Male' city grapples with this spike in police complaints, the need for more streamlined procedures and effective law enforcement strategies is being felt more than ever.