The peaceful capital we once knew has become awfully grim. It is no secret that gang violence is escalating in the capital island of Maldives. In most incidents, with the intention of seriously harming or most likely killing, masked men armed with box cutters, knives, iron rods and wooden poles attacked the victims. Theft, pickpocket, criminal damage and hate crime are areas we the citizens of Maldives are very much concerned about. The crime rate increases day by day while the police are helpless finding a solution to this barbaric behavior. Could this be due to the recent payroll and transfer of the 119 prisoners in Maafushi jail to family custody? Most youth gangs are allegedly controlled by politicians. Nevertheless without proof we should not point our fingers at any political party or individual.
Whatever the cause is; the government which the majority people elected must bring an end to this violence. In spite of this, using the government funds to visit islands in various atolls, president Nasheed is campaigning for Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Undoubtedly he should be more focus on this act of carnage and protect the citizens instead. For now “Aneh Dhivehi Raajje” is not safe.