Maldives girl gets 100 lashes for pre-marital sex

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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.

Baby death

Zaima Nasheed, a spokesperson for the juvenile court, said the girl was also ordered to remain under house arrest at a children’s home for eight months.

She defended the punishment, saying the girl had willingly committed an act outside of the law.

Officials said she would receive the punishment when she turns 18, unless she requested it earlier.

Written By: Olivia Lang
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41 COMMENTS

  1. In reply to #1 by Alternative Carpark:

    3 years to emigrate from that backward shithole.
    Hope its image as a tourist destination is destroyed, taking its economy with it.

    Barbaric isn’t it.
    But I am not sure she will be allowed to leave the country after the 8 month house arrest is up.
    She is probably to young to have a passport and sounds as if she was from a dysfunctional family life.

    100 lashes!…are they really that medieval? seems so, it is a sad and horrific side affect of religious sensibilities, which are not actually sensibilities more a curse.

    And where are the UN?…not seen for dust.

    As for the posing classes that love to boast of a Maldives break to their associates, they can stop this, but so wrapped up in their own comfort, ego and wealth it is to be doubted they have either the morality or the integrity to go somewhere else.
    Disgusting rats have more ethics.
    They love being wined and dined in the sun and luxury and that is more important then a 15 yr old girl who is probably traumatized and scared beyond compare.

    As for the holiday companies that arrange these destinations, they are even more culpable because their profit motivation certainly overcomes any concerns they might harbour.

    Maybe they should all try a little empathy and imagine their own daughter in that situation, but they won’t because greed, pose and shallowness overcomes humanity every single time.

  2. “Hope its image as a tourist destination is destroyed, taking its economy with it.”

    “100 lashes!…are they really that medieval?”

    Not medieval, 7th century- its what happens when Islam is allowed to take over…

  3. Now we get to see the advantages of the 2nd Vatican Council and the moral leap made by catholics over their archaic religo-cousins in Islam.
    Catholics can have sex with kids as long as the authorities don’t find out, whereas in Islam, if your caught, you get to add barbaric punishment to your rape.

    How smug catholics must be reading this story of behaviour at least 5 centuries behind theirs.

  4. When their country sinks into the ocean due to climate change and they are forced to migrate to Australia, boy are they in for a surprise . They won’t be forcing their medieval beliefs on vulnerable members of society here.

  5. My thoughts on the matter have all been hijacked by other contributors. The barbaric outcome for a girl who had the audacity to get herself raped and impregnated , the fact that the islands will be swamped in the not-to -distant future and , the resulting refugees will come to Australia . Lastly , the fact that 100 lashes will quite possibly prove fatal ( especially for someone with a small frame).

    There should be an international outcry!! A boycot is probably the best way to go, but I hate to think of other innocent people being made to suffer for the injustices foisted on them by a medieval set of laws.

  6. Everyone already said what should be said, so I can’t contribute further. I’m just sickened and appalled to the core of my consciousnesses. How we can possibly allow for such inhuman and barbaric treatments in year 2013, it’s beyond mind numbing.

  7. In reply to #13 by Seba:

    Everyone already said what should be said, so I can’t contribute further. I’m just sickened and appalled to the core of my consciousnesses. How we can possibly allow for such inhuman and barbaric treatments in year 2013, it’s beyond mind numbing

    We may well be in 2013, but they’re only in 1434 so we’ve got to be sensitive to their stage in development. After all, we were just like them so cannot condemn else we look like hypocrites……

    As is the defence of these actions that I come across on a regular basis.

  8. Why am I not surprised to read that this was in an Islamic country? Why is all this medeival BS going on in these countries. Can’t we just boycot them until they become civilized? Oh no, many Islamic countries including the worst of all (Saudi Arabia, home of the Wahabites) deliver oil to us adicts.

    AAARRRRGGHHH!!!!

  9. Her stepfather was accused of raping her and impregnating her before killing the baby. The girl’s mother also faces charges for failing to report the abuse to the authorities.

    So what happens to the stepfather?

    I agree with killing tourism. Get them in the pocket. Money talks.

  10. In reply to #16 by QuestioningKat:

    Her stepfather was accused of raping her and impregnating her before killing the baby. The girl’s mother also faces charges for failing to report the abuse to the authorities.

    So what happens to the stepfather?

    I don’t know. He’ll probably get off scot free or with a small fine, to add salt to the wound.

    I agree with killing tourism. Get them in the pocket. Money talks.

    It would probably help in making them take notice, but I doubt it would actually work. For one thing, there may be authorities who are egotistical enough to defy the trend, even if it means their economy implodes. For another, there might still be tourists going there who don’t know or can’t be bothered so long as their suites are comfy.

  11. In reply to #12 by Virgin Mary:

    How can we help to stop this kind of thing?

    It’s a real tourist honeypot. A tourist boycott would hit them hard! Get any decent human being to stop going there and tell them firmly why they’re not going there. I’m with mmurray go viral and try and get a boycott going.

  12. In reply to #16 by QuestioningKat:

    Her stepfather was accused of raping her and impregnating her before killing the baby. The girl’s mother also faces charges for failing to report the abuse to the authorities.

    So what happens to the stepfather?

    I agree with killing tourism. Get them in the pocket. Money talks.

    In Islam, to be virtuous is to be like Mohammed, and to be like Mohammed is to be virtuous, so sex with under-age girls isn’t a crime to be punished, and hating Jews isn’t primitive xenophobia, they are the highest standards of behaviour, and to be emulated.

    The fact that it took place outside marriage is a problem, but they have a solution to that too:

    1- men’s minds are drawn to ‘proper’ Muslim standards and behaviours, whereas women’s are not (necessarily drawn to such);
    2- women are (therefore) less important than men (despite other statements purporting to give broad ‘different but equal’ status);
    3- if a sexual misdemeanour occurs, it is because the woman has tempted the man;
    4- sexual misdemeanours are therefore the woman’s fault, ALWAYS.

  13. For some years now I have refused to take a holiday in almost any muslim country. I will not actively contribute to the economies of countries that hold such beliefs. There are plenty of other places to visit so it is no great hardship. I recommend this course to anyone who believes in human reason.

    JB

  14. Some have described this treatment as ‘medieval’. That’s very unfair on the Middle Ages: they were far more enlightened. In the 14th-century romance of ‘Perceforest’, King Perceforest (legendary king of England, an ancestor of Arthur) decrees that men guilty of raping women should be strapped to four horses and torn limb from limb, and that “any man, of any degree, who reproached a woman for having been the victim of such a crime would have his tongue cut out”. That’s more like it.

  15. I’d gladly take some of her lashes. I know that many of you all would as well. I think that many good hearted religious folks would volunteer as well. If we got enough people to step up and volunteer to step in for this young lady, do you think we could propose a swap?

    If a thousand people would join together, we could put a proposal forward that each of us gets 1/10th of a lash and the young girl is spared the lashes. If ten thousand, it would be 1/100th of a lash…etc…

  16. In reply to #3 by mmurray:

    Tourism is the largest industry. Just need to get this viral and arrange a boycott.Michael

    I’ve already started urging my scuba diving buddies to boycott that country. Scuba divers are quite a close-knit and relatively affluent group. I’m sure that a campaign within that community to boycott the Maldives could be quite effective.

  17. I’m a little confused. It says Zaima Nasheed, a spokesperson for the juvenile court, stated that the girl had willingly committed an act outside of the law but if the rape case hasn’t even gone to trial how on earth does she know whether the poor girl {which I highly doubt} did it willingly?

    Needless to say, whether she willingly had sex or not this medievil punishment is absolutely disgracful.

  18. In reply to #20 by JBGuernsey:

    For some years now I have refused to take a holiday in almost any muslim country. I will not actively contribute to the economies of countries that hold such beliefs. There are plenty of other places to visit so it is no great hardship. I recommend this course to anyone who believes in human reason.JB

    Add to that the purchasing of products made in the said country. For the last few years I’ve refused to buy any products made in China because of the cruelty they do to animals.

  19. How do the men responsible for passing judgments like these remain largely anonymous?

    I want a website dedicated to shaming these people. Put up a recent photo of them along with their unjust sentencing -being mindful to respect the privacy of the victims- and a score of some type that ranks them among their peers from Saudi Arabia to the Maldives to Texas. We can send them and anyone under their influence who request it an annual report showing these assholes standings among the most foul judges, and perhaps other powerful people around the world.

  20. In reply to #23 by Jumped Up Chimpanzee:

    In reply to #3 by mmurray:

    Tourism is the largest industry. Just need to get this viral and arrange a boycott.Michael

    I’ve already started urging my scuba diving buddies to boycott that country. Scuba divers are quite a close-knit and relatively affluent group. I’m sure that a campaign within that community to boycott the Maldives could be quite effective.

    I also know a few people that go there for that very reason (Scuba Diving) as it is a marvellous location if that takes your fancy. The problem is that the holiday makers and the natives don’t really mix, hence it probably isn’t very widely known.

  21. In reply to #18 by atheistengineer:

    In reply to #12 by Virgin Mary:

    How can we help to stop this kind of thing?

    It’s a real tourist honeypot. A tourist boycott would hit them hard! Get any decent human being to stop going there and tell them firmly why they’re not going there. I’m with mmurray go viral and try and get a boycott going.

    It would be nice to boycott this back water. However the Maldives government and the tourist operators conspire to do the dammed best to ensure that the poor regular population never gets to see a foreigner let alone interact with them for fear of outside influences. The tour operators make sure that tourists leave thinking that the Maldives is the ultimate destination without any pesky poor locals to interact with – well only if they are serving drinks anyway. Then there is the hypocrisy of the government which bans alcohol from the locals but profits handsomely from its sale to tourists.

  22. In reply to #28 by Big Gus:

    I also know a few people that go there for that very reason (Scuba Diving) as it is a marvellous location if that takes your fancy. The problem is that the holiday makers and the natives don’t really mix, hence it probably isn’t very widely known.

    I’m not sure exactly what you mean, but the point of a tourist boycott would be to hit the government, who would most certainly be aware of the loss of their income from tourism.

  23. Add to that the purchasing of products made in the said country. For the last few years I’ve refused to buy any products made in China because of the cruelty they do to animals.

    Good luck with that. Almost everything is touched by China.

    I’m not sure about everyone writing to the tourism bureau. What do they do? Provide literature, offer maps… Maybe American, Australian, German, British tourist/travel agencies should be informed.??

  24. In reply to #26 by RationalConclusion:

    For the last few years I’ve refused to buy any products made in China

    How on earth do you manage that? Every damn thing’s made in China now. Including this Microsoft Mouse that I’m clicking to reply to you.

  25. In reply to #21 by biffo:

    Some have described this treatment as ‘medieval’. That’s very unfair on the Middle Ages:

    I must say your right about calling this practice medeival is out of place. It would be an insult to the people living in that era. However, tearing a man limb from limb isn’t that civilized eiter in my opinion. Rapists should be punished but that method is quite over the top as well. But that’s just my opinion.

  26. In reply to #21 by biffo:

    Some have described this treatment as ‘medieval’. That’s very unfair on the Middle Ages: they were far more enlightened. In the 14th-century romance of ‘Perceforest’, King Perceforest (legendary king of England, an ancestor of Arthur) decrees that men guilty of raping women should be strapped to four horses and torn limb from limb, and that “any man, of any degree, who reproached a woman for having been the victim of such a crime would have his tongue cut out”. That’s more like it.

    Are ya serious? You are proposing a lot of legendary medieval barbaric codswallop as an example of the sort of punishment at that time, as being more “enlightened” than the medieval barbaric punishment that these bastards in the Maldives have handed down to a wee girl that is not only innocent, but also the feckin’ victim?

    The reality in medieval England was a lot less dramatic than in your myth of Perceforest…

    “The prose romance of Perceforest with lyrical interludes of poetry, in six books, appears to have been composed in French in the Low Countries between 1330 and 1344. It forms a late addition to the cycle of narratives with loose connections both to the Arthurian cycle and to the feats of Alexander the Great.”

    … in other words, it’s just a yarn.

    Rape in medieval times was not the crime it is today and little consideration was given to the female victim as opposed to the males in her life who were deemed to have been the hard done by parties. Penalties for those found guilty were monetary for the most part. Successful prosecutions being rare.

    *”The law of rape has protected two distinct interests– husbands’, fathers’, and other males’ interest in controlling women’s sexuality, and women’s interest in bodily autonomy. At times, the law has favored the former interest; at other times, the latter. Nevertheless, in all periods, the law’s effectiveness has been undermined by infrequent prosecution and low conviction rates.” *

    [Rape: English Common Law forthcoming in Encyclopedia of Legal History (Oxford University Press)] (http://lawweb.usc.edu/users/dklerman/PDFs/Klerman.%20Rape.pdf)

  27. In reply to #33 by Jumped Up Chimpanzee:

    In reply to #28 by Big Gus:

    I also know a few people that go there for that very reason (Scuba Diving) as it is a marvellous location if that takes your fancy. The problem is that the holiday makers and the natives don’t really mix, hence it probably isn’t very widely known.

    I’m not sure exactly what you mean, but the point of a tourist boycott would be to hit the government, who would most certainly be aware of the loss of their income from tourism.

    My apologies for not being clear, I am agreeing with you that one of the best crowds to make aware of this are prehaps the Scuba crowd as they account for quite a slice of the tourist pie. I also agree that hitting the Government in the pocket is the way to perhaps effect some change.

  28. In reply to #30 by Os:

    Only religion could turn such and idyllic place into a hell hole. What is wrong with the clerics that they inflict such misery upon the innocent?

    Because it gives them power over others, power they might otherwise have to earn through hard work, and which they would have to justify if challenged. But when the source of your authority is invisible, undetectable and exists only in the minds of your victims, that authority and the power it gives you cannot be challenged

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