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Stop The Maldives From Whipping Victims of Rape!

Stop The Maldives From Whipping Victims of Rape! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...That's right. The nation's courts decided that the victim is the one who'll be whipped 100 times in public, for the crime of "sex outside marriage." And only one thing will get President Mohammed Waheed Hassan to intervene. Us....

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Flogging sentence for Maldives rape victim(s)

Flogging sentence for Maldives rape victim(s) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said.

The charges against the girl were brought against her last year after police investigated accusations that her stepfather had raped her and killed their baby. He is still to face trial.

Prosecutors said her conviction did not relate to the rape case.

Amnesty International condemned the punishment as "cruel, degrading and inhumane".

The government said it did not agree with the punishment and that it would look into changing the law.....

The legal system of the Maldives, an Islamic archipelago with a population of some 400,000, has elements of Islamic law (Sharia) as well as English common law.

Ahmed Faiz, a researcher with Amnesty International, said flogging was "cruel, degrading and inhumane" and urged the authorities to abolish it.

"We are very surprised that the government is not doing anything to stop this punishment - to remove it altogether from the statute books."

"This is not the only case. It is happening frequently - only last month there was another girl who was sexually abused and sentenced to lashes."

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