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Maldives President Urges Patience in Lashing Sentence of Rape Victim

Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean and the beauteous land . . .

Little drops of water, in the form of expressions of international outrage against the sentence of 100 lashings for a 15 year old girl, impregnated by her stepfather, who bore his still-born babe, and was ordered punished by the court system for immorality. A call to express outrage by boycotting travel to the Maldives seems to have gotten the attention of the government. It appears they will try to find a way to avoid this grueling punishment . . . thanks to the attention being paid.

From the English edition of Haveeru Online:

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik on Tuesday urged patience from the international community in the case of the 15 year old alleged rape victim who received a flogging after being convicted of adultery in a separate incident.

The conviction had sparked an international outcry and condemnation from rights groups such as Amnesty International. While an online petition condemning the Maldives over the sentencing has received over two million signatures. The petition, started by New York-based campaign group avaaz.org, calls on President Waheed to intervene and has been signed by over two million users.

“We appreciate the international compassion for this young woman and ask for your patience as this case moves through the judicial system,” President Waheed said in a statement.

“Currently the case is being appealed and I have urged the judiciary to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”

“This case should never have been presented in the courts and we are working to ensure that cases like this are never brought to the courts again.”

In the statement, President Waheed also assured that the young woman remains under the care of the Gender Ministry and is receiving the appropriate physical and psychological counseling at this time. 

“As both the President and as a father, I am fully committed to protecting and advancing the rights of women and girls in the Maldives and throughout the world and share your deep concern about this young victim.”

In its attempt to pressure the Maldives government to overturn the sentence, Avaaz had called for tourism to be boycotted.

“Tourism is the big earner for the Maldives elite, including government ministers. Let’s build a million-strong petition to President Waheed this week, then threaten the islands’ reputation through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and online until he steps in to save her and abolish this outrageous law,” Avaaz said on its website.

In that regard, President noted that the Maldives is a young democracy working to balance religious faith with new democratic values and asked the international community to support as partners as the country works through this challenge. 

“A boycott on tourism will only serve as a setback to the economic opportunities and rights we are all striving to uphold for women, girls and the hardworking Maldivian people in general,” Waheed stressed.

The 15 year old girl who gave birth and buried the baby in Shaviyani Atoll Feydhoo had been sentenced to eight months under house arrest and 100 lashes after the Juvenile Court found her guilty of pre marital sex.

Prosecutors have maintained that the 15 year old was charged with adultery over another case which came to light during the investigation of the buried baby.

The baby born last June was found buried in the bath house of the girl’s home. The child delivered out of wedlock was dead at the time of discovery. Charges have been filed against the 15 year old’s mother and step-father over the deliberate murder of the baby.

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May 2, 2013 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Crime, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Law and Order, Leadership, Living Conditions, Mating Behavior, News, Social Issues

4 Comments »

  1. I am beginning to lose my capacity for getting shocked and outraged. Have become most numb lately with all that’s happening with women in India. I used to think places like Saudi or Afghanistan that are typically misogynist societies are not very safe for women, I guess, I’ll have to eat my hat: nowhere is looking safe enough for women.
    We are all different except on some primal level we are same same.

    Comment by Sexus Plexus Nexus | May 4, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hey, BL, good to see you here. I love your comment. When I started the blog, I was outraged by things I would read in the paper happening in Kuwait – primarily abductions and traffic fatalities. Now that I am back in the USA, I am truly humbled; we are all more alike than we are different. Women raped – even gang raped – on college campuses, at high school parties, and no one steps in, and they are all filming it? 57 meth producers arrested in my small city in one day? Highway fatalities creeping back up (texting, inattention, alcohol, sleep-deprivation? We seem to be hell bent on self-destruction . . .

    Oh my goodness. LOL, don’t we sound like our parents???

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 5, 2013 | Reply

  3. Seattle mummy:

    Would love to see a post from an American woman from mainland America on Angelina’s prophylactic mastectomy for BRCA1 mutant gene. Do please spare us the agony of waiting.

    Comment by The Reluctant Ayatollah | May 18, 2013 | Reply

  4. BL, I personally think it was a courageous thing to do, because in the USA, breasts are part of who we are. So much so that many women have enhancements to make themselves feel better about themselves, or to attract men. To have breasts taken off is to risk others looking at you with repugnance, or looking away. So for that, I think she was very brave. Some people say it only points out the differences between rich and poor, that the operation is elective, not covered by insurance. I say that it’s not my business what she chooses. (Sorry, not enough substance there to intrude my opinion here in a post :-)

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 19, 2013 | Reply


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