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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sentenced to 100 lashes raped a teenage girl in Maldives

15 year old girl who was raped has been convicted by a court of Maldives to 100 lashes and to remain under house arrest for eight months for having premarital sex, as reported by the judicial authorities. The teenager was raped by her stepfather, who got her pregnantand after giving birth, the baby killed. Both the man and the girl's mother are waiting to be judged, in the latter case for concealment. However, she has also been tried and ultimately convicted for having premarital sex, an offense under the Criminal Code of the Maldives, as reported by the British broadcaster BBCThe juvenile court spokesman who has known this case, Zaima Nasheed, has justified the sentence, explaining that, according to the judicial authorities, the teen voluntarily committed the crime. Although you must enter immediately into a juvenile facility to comply with the house arrest, she will not receive 100 lashes until they turn 18 of age, unless requested earlier. The case unfolded after being denounced to the prosecution's murder a baby in Feydhoo Island, part of the administration of Shaviyani Atoll, located in northern China. Amnesty International (AI) has held that the sentence "is cruel, degrading and inhuman" and has claimed that it is not the only case."Last month, another girl who had been sexually abused was sentenced to the same punishment," said the researcher Ahmed Faiz. Furthermore, the humanitarian organization has urged the Government of Maldives to abolish this type of punishment. "We are surprised he has not done anything to stop this punishment," he said. In response, the government has said it does not agree with the penalty and take the steps necessary to change the current legislation on the subject.

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