The man who was arrested on Monday for blackmailing a minor in Laamu Atoll Kalaidhoo island had raped the victim at knife-point, island residents told Avas on Tuesday.
Police had arrested a man in connection to blackmailing an underage girl and his remand had been extended by 15 days.
Residents of the island who spoke to Avas said the man was a relative of the girl and had taken the victim for a ride around the island before raping her at knife-point after stopping at a secluded area.
According to the residents, the man had first demanded the girl to perform sexual acts for him and when she refused, he had raped her at knife-point.
The man then had taken pictures of the girl and had been blackmailing her before his arrest, the residents added.
The girl had reportedly shared the incident with her sister who had notified the police.
The latest incident comes days after a 19 year old woman was allegedly raped in a studio in the capital Male.