A 15 year old girl is facing lashing in the Maldives after she admitted to having premarital sex. The girl was allegedly raped by her stepfather, who is facing 25 years in prison if convicted. He is also accused of killing a baby which resulted from the alleged rape of the teen.
AFP: ”A Maldives court has sentenced a 15-year-old alleged rape victim to 100 lashes and eight months under house arrest after she admitted having had premarital sex in a separate incident, an official said Wednesday.”
“During a police probe into allegations that the girl had been raped by her stepfather, investigators uncovered evidence that she had had consensual sex with another man.”
“Though she has been sentenced she will be lashed once she turns 18,” the court official, who asked not to be named, told AFP. “But the sentence will be enforced immediately if she wants it to be carried out now.”
Premarital sex is illegal under the Indian Ocean nation’s strict Islamic law.”
It is a sad commentary that President Mohamed Waheed’s spokesman Masood Imad sought to denigrate the victim by telling AFP that the teenager should “feel the shame” for her offence, though she should be treated as a victim for the alleged rape.