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15 year-old rape victim deserves flogging for separate crime of fornication: Adhaalath Party

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Additional reporting by JJ Robinson

The religious Adhaalath Party (AP) has declared that the 15 year-old rape victim who was recently sentenced to 100 lashes and eight months of house arrest “deserves the punishment”, as this is the penalty for fornication under Islamic Sharia.

The party, members of which largely dominate the Maldives’ Ministry of Islamic Affairs, stated that the sentence of flogging had not been passed against the for being sexually abused by her stepfather, but rather for the consensual sex to which she had confessed to having on another occasion.

“The purpose of penalties like these in Islamic Sharia is to maintain order in society and to save it from sinful acts. It is not at all an act of violence. We must turn a deaf ear to the international organisations which are calling to abolish these penalties, labeling them degrading and inhumane acts or torture,” the statement read.

“No one has the right to criticise any penalties specified in Islam,” the party added.

Quoting verses from the Quran, the statement said that no citizen should be allowed to express ideas and opinions about a verdict made in accordance with the religion in a court of law in a 100 percent Muslim country.

The Adhaalath Party further cautioned that criticising issues like this would “encourage enemies of Islam, create confusion among the general public and open up opportunities for people who aim to stop the practice of similar penalties commanded in Islam.”

“Furthermore, Allah has decreed that expressing disapproval of issues such as this contradicts with faith in Islam,” the statement continued, quoting more verses from the Quran.

“Allah has also commanded that we show no kindness when implementing these penalties.”

The party also stated that it was saddened by the physical and psychological abuse the girl had suffered at the hands of her parents, calling the state authorities to ensure they were given the punishments they were due as detailed in Islamic Sharia.

“If such sinful activities are to become this common, the society will break down and we may become deserving of divine wrath,” the Adhaalath Party stated.

Flogging amounts to degrading punishment or torture: UN

United Nations has expressed concern over the case of the 15 year-old being sentenced to flogging.

“The child is allegedly a victim of long-standing sexual abuse. Under international legal human rights obligations of Maldives, corporal punishment, including flogging, amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment or even to torture,” read a statement issued by the UN in the Maldives.

“ The approach to sexual abuse which has been adopted in numerous international human rights frameworks is that governments should implement prevention, prosecution of perpetrators, and protection measures to ensure that sexual abuse does not occur. Where it has occurred, governments should put in place measures for rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration of victims.”

US “deeply disturbed”

The US Embassy in Colombo said it was “deeply disturbed” by the recent ruling, noting that the minor was “also a victim of rape”.

“We call upon the Maldivian government to recognise that she must be protected rather than punished by authorities. We welcome President Waheed’s statement that his government “will push for a review” of the decision. We urge the Maldivian judiciary to immediately drop all charges against the girl and for the Majlis to enact legislation that protects women and minors who have suffered sexual abuse.

“Promoting gender equality and advancing the status of all women and girls around the world remains one of the greatest unmet challenges of our time, and one that is vital in all countries to ensure full democratic rights, regardless of culture,” the Embassy stated.

President “saddened”

President Mohamed Waheed, who has previously insisted on the executive’s inability to interfere in judicial matters, stated on his official Twitter account yesterday: “I am saddened by the sentence of flogging handed to a minor. Govt will push for review of this position.”

The government is currently pushing for re-election to the UN Human Rights Council and launched its campaign in Geneva today (February 28), spearheaded by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon, daughter of former 30 year autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

In a statement today, the Foreign Ministry said the Maldives had prioritised its term in the Council “by focusing on women and children’s rights and the rights of persons with disability, had been a vocal campaigner for the prevention of torture, and brought the issue of the right of all to live in a safe and clean environment to the forefront of the Council’s debate.”

In a second statement later today, the Foreign Ministry expressed “deep concern by the prosecution and the Juvenile Court’s sentence to flog a 15 year-old girl on the charges of pre-marital sex.”

“Though the flogging will be deferred until the girl turns 18, the government believes she is the victim of sexual abuse and should be treated as such by the state and the society and therefore, her rights should be fully protected. The Government is of the view that the case merits appeal. The girl is under state care and the government will facilitate and supervise her appeal of the case, via the girl’s lawyer, to ensure that justice is done and her rights are protected,” the Ministry stated.

“The Juvenile Court’s verdict has brought home the critical and severe need to review existing mechanisms, especially legal framework, available for protecting the rights of the children in the Maldives. The government calls on all stakeholders to view cases of child abuse and child-sexual abuse through a human rights lens and to base each case on the best interest of the child.

“In view of the urgent attention required for protecting the rights of the children, the government has established a Committee to review the existing child protection mechanisms, particularly the legal mechanism, in view of the universally accepted norms and principles, and recommend to the state areas that require urgent changes,” the Ministry said.

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67 Comments on "15 year-old rape victim deserves flogging for separate crime of fornication: Adhaalath Party"

  1. Shaz on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 9:17 PM 

    Many rape victims would make up stories of love and relationships with other men in order to have some normalcy in their shattered lives.

    This child is being punished cause she confessed to having had “consensual” sex with a man.

    No other person has come forward, is being charged or is being sought for this “crime”.

    Does it not take two to commit “Zina” in Quran, Oh Scholars of Islam?

    It is just her being charged, prosecuted and now given sentence for a “crime” that takes two to commit.

    This is a shame, the judge who sentenced her, the social worker who got the confession out of her and everyone in the PG office involved in the prosecution of this girl must be named and shamed.

  2. human being on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 9:34 PM 

    Minivan in overdrive to get as much out of this story as possible. Each of these “minivan classic” stories are designed to elicit as much negative publicity as possible to the country and to our religion. Just inviting islamophobic fascists to rant against islam.

  3. Kevin Armes on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 9:38 PM 

    I implore any of my Maldivian friends to loudly and vehemently condemn this barbaric sentence and pledge to do whatever is reasonable to remove from power the men advocating this barbarity against an abused child. How can such a beautiful country that I have loved for over thirteen years display such an ugly heart? The solution lies in the hands of everyone who, by choice or by apathy and inactivity, allows these sexist laws and punishments to be enacted in the name of bronze-aged, patriarchal doctrines.

  4. DMF on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 10:09 PM 

    Provide the whole world with absolute proof that this is the will of Allah and not the words written by men, then and only then can you idiots state no one critise what is written in the Quran.

    I believe once upon a time people thought the world was flat because scholars claimed it was, whoops i’ve fell off the edge of the world many times this year already.

  5. Ash on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 10:25 PM 

    Not surprised this to happen in a failed state. Government is the slave of Mullahs , thugs, pedophiles , drug dealers, murderers ..goes on and on . Whoever brain washed the girl to confess is a child abuser n only deserve prison .. For Adaalaath religion is sex .. I suppose ..

  6. Jibril on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 10:47 PM 

    I agree to erect sharia law; anyone who corrupts or steal and rob, their hands must be cut off. It is fair and good for Maldives. Your people will have no hands.

  7. Ann on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 11:02 PM 

    28 February 2013, Malé; The Government of Maldives is deeply concerned by the prosecution and the Juvenile Court’s sentence to flog a 15 year-old girl on the charges of pre-marital sex. Though the flogging will be deferred until the girl turns 18, the Government believes she is the victim of sexual abuse and should be treated as such by the State and the society and therefore, her rights should be fully protected. The Government is of the view that the case merits appeal. The girl is under State care and the Government will facilitate and supervise her appeal of the case, via the girl’s lawyer, to ensure that justice is done and her rights are protected.

    The rights of children are protected under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and corresponding domestic legislation in the Maldives. Protecting the rights of the child, particularly that of the girl child, has always been a top priority of the Government, not only in this Administration, but previous Administrations as well. The Juvenile Court’s verdict has brought home the critical and severe need to review existing mechanisms, especially legal framework, available for protecting the rights of the children in the Maldives.

    Although the Maldives heralded a modern new democratic Constitution in 2008, much of the corresponding legislation aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system remains. While the Act on Special Measures for Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse was enacted in 2009, a large number of Bills remain pending that are essential to reform the criminal justice sector. This includes the Criminal Procedure Code, the Amendments to the Child Rights Act as well as the revised Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Bill. The Government therefore calls on the Parliament to pass these Bills urgently.

    The Government also calls on all stakeholders to view cases of child abuse and child-sexual abuse through a human rights lens and to base each case on the best interest of the child.

    In view of the urgent attention required for protecting the rights of the children, the Government has established a Committee to review the existing child protection mechanisms, particularly the legal mechanism, in view of the universally accepted norms and principles, and recommend to the State areas that require urgent changes. The Committee compromises the Ministry of Gender, Family, and Human Rights, the Attorney General’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and the Family Protection Authority of Maldives.

  8. w00t on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 11:08 PM 

    anyone heard of the “Stockholm-syndrome”?

  9. Mohamed on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 11:13 PM 

    @adhaalath by you definition of islam, i doubt that even 50% of Maldivians are muslim.

    you are a disgrace to islam & you are the ones encourage enemies of Islam.

    i have no intention of being part of YOUR sadistic “islam”!!

  10. Bitter Truth on Thu, 28th Feb 2013 11:23 PM 

    No citizen should be allowed to express ideas and opinions about a verdict made in accordance with the religion in a court of law in a 100 percent Muslim country.

    In order to acheive full acceptance without reluctance, how about you please working harder on making people understand the merits of islamic law without question.

    But most islamist politicians here prefer to use scare tactics.

  11. lp on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 12:08 AM 

    @bitter truth
    maybe it is the verdict that is not in accordance with the religion, instead of the ideas expressed by citizens. this punishment has been in law for a long time but this level of concern about the verdict has not been expressed before. maybe because this case has circumstances which make it different from others, and warrant special consideration.

  12. Pablo Ferro on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 12:19 AM 

    I’m deeply impressed for the seriousness Minivan News and its commentators, treat this unfortunate affair. The Maldives as a 100% muslim country has the absolute right to punish fornication with flogging as said in the Sharia. Whereas in this particular case we speak of a minor who has suffered repeated abuse, we should evaluate the possibility of not accepting as valid the guilty pleas of a creature that certainly deserves priority emotional care and protection of society. Maybe Allah does not want to punish girls with lashes (even if mild) but to adults who knowingly commit fornication. I prefer to believe that it is men who have difficulty to understand God, and not that there is any sign of injustice in Muslim moral. I’m from Argentina, not muslim, but concerned for a better life for all the child.

  13. Jeena Ali on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:12 AM 

    Why does bad Adhalath party not demand the flogging for hundreds of Maldivian men who are restless and anxious to go and F….k the local and foreign girls actively offering sex in Maldives all around……………??????

  14. NAVEEN on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:15 AM 

    DEAR SECULARISTS!
    WHERE ARE THE RIGHTS OF POOR CHILDREN IN ORPHANAGE? WHERE ARE RIGHTS OF SMALL BOYS AND GIRLS WHO ARE ABUSED BY GAYS (HIDING IN POLITICAL PARTIES)? WHERE ARE THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE GIVEN ALCOHOL AND DRUGS BY ALCOHOLICS PARENTS AND YET PROTECTED BY CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND JUDGES IN JUDICIARY? LUBNA WOULD VERY WELL KNOW FEW CHILD ABUSERS WITH THE POLITICAL CIRCLE EVEN NOW!

  15. Ahmed Bin Addu Bin Suvadheeb on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 3:21 AM 

    “The purpose of penalties like these in Islamic Sharia is to maintain order in society and to save it from sinful acts.”

    What thick skull writes this sort of crap and still do not understand how an under-age child has been repeatedly subject to sexual acts by ADULTS!

    How does punishing this girl serve to save Maldivian society from “sinful acts”? I am not questioning the Quran, but questioning the mind of idiots who do not understand the Quran.

    Surely, there is not God (of any kind), who would beat up a child to a pulp, just to save society from “sinful acts”. Go and find those in society who were responsible for abusing this child, and then beat them to a pulp! God will love that, I’m certain.

  16. shimy on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 4:48 AM 

    Quite impressed to see the CNN bar repeatedly showing this “lashing” bit of information to the world all the while today. Probably trying to show the beautiful Maldives but the barbarism of Islam. Typical scenario???!!

    But i strongly do Agree with my friend Pablo Ferro here!!Adhaalath should protect the child first before handing over any punishment because her case was neglected by govt and the society for years and this is not what Allah demands muslims to do!

    Allah’s Apostle, PBUH also said: “Every one of you (people) is a shepherd. And every one is responsible for whatever falls under his responsibility. A man is like a shepherd of his own family, and he is responsible for them.”

    The Prophet Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said: “Allah does not punish the individuals for the sins of the community until they see the evil spreading among themselves, and while they have the power to stop it, do not do so.” (Ahmad)

    So the society and the govt is to blame as this case was brought into consideration years ago but nobody bothered!!(not even the so called human rights activists speaking here??

    u

  17. kuribee on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 7:35 AM 

    If God send Quran, why he did not write it himself? Why we have so many books by God? He make mistakes and do not have tipex maybe. Adhaalath has to write a new book. The book has mistakes, because child cannot get 100 lashes that is not fair.

    Nasheed needs 100 lashes or more as he broke constitution and sold airport to GMR. We must flog Nasheed instead of this girl.

  18. Bidhua on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 8:48 AM 

    If someone can plant the seed of doubt in Adalathist brain the whole issue is solved. How can they be so adamant not to have any doubt to cast a question on their Shaira when it is so senseless and unacceptable for a time of reasons and.
    If you remove god factor from the Sharia, it is so obvious that this is most barbaric and inhuman laws ever written by human and forced on people with fear of god.
    God’sharia is not based on written documents; it is the laws of nature that shapes everything what we see. For living thing everything is survival instinct, we human are good because if we are not good to each other we will extinct, our conscience and conscious mind evolved to fight for our survival and it is evolving and shaping the way we experience our world today. Mullahs must change their course otherwise you will crash with nature and God’s real sharia. If the world’s huge diverse human population start clash with ideological difference, do Mullahs think that the human race will survive today with dangerous technology we have to destroy the whole planet. Mullahs and the fishermen folks are very insignificant when you apply our existence to human drama. Therefore my advice to Mullas are to keep your religion as an individual matter like the food you eat. You can’t expect everyone to eat and like Garudhiya and rice, and gulha bajiya.

  19. sour face on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 9:07 AM 

    how can i get through to adhaalath? denying facts, reality and looking through stained and cracked glass is what they do. Hoax talk.
    I am a Maldivian and so not a muslim with the god persona adhaalath hallucinates and s*** out. simply put, I dont want to be a god and Maldives is not a 100% muslim state. and we will talk, think and deliver our message. pls change the spot you s***.

  20. sour face on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 9:21 AM 

    good work mariyath, and I ( speck of the public multitude) appreciate your views and concerns. I wonder if adhaalath tweeted this dramatic version of islamic law using an iphone. ooh the pools of contradictions they swim are so deep and dark.

  21. Wives and Concubines on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 9:56 AM 

    @Bidhua

    Mullahs will never change. They will keep on molesting their young relatives (while ranting about how women should cover up and how people should have sex), and inbreeding with their cousins. It’s only natural they are incapable of thinking for themselves. These neanderthals will sleep with their own mothers if their non-existent god said not to do so.

  22. Ibbe on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 11:41 AM 

    Wha happened to the video of Sheikh Shaheem holding hands with a woman who was not his wife and leading her to a bedroom?

  23. Ibbe on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 11:44 AM 

    The Maldives does not need Christian missionaries to turn people away from Islam. They need people like this man Shaheem who knows that paternity testing is allowed in Islam now and yet has done nothing to bring paternity tests into the legal system and bring the men who put their seed into our young girls to justice.

  24. Nasheed on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 12:06 PM 

    President Nasheed is silent on this cause he agrees with adhaalth and wants this girl to flogged. So called champion of democracy.

  25. Derek Postance on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 12:10 PM 

    @human being…no use blaming this news site! Such a medieval mindset deserves all the negative publicity possible, throughout the civilized world. Only in primitive Saudi Arabia would this be regarded as normal.

  26. Outraged on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 12:10 PM 

    This girl is a minor. Minor means they cannot be held responsible.

    I am deeply disappointed by Sheikh Shaheem’s statement. And fearful for our girl children while he remains the Minister of Islamic Affairs.

    From what I saw of a video on Raaje TV, Shaheem is hardly one to preach of virtues!!

    One should not throw stones living in a glass house, Shaheem.

    Dr Waheed, we need an urgent review of our laws on children.

  27. Ben Plewright on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 12:23 PM 

    Traditional Islamic Jurisprudence has within it, a principle of culpability, it is derived from the Speech of ALLAH, the Holy Qur’an.

    In the Qur’an, it is made very clear that ones level of ability to rationally determine their own behaviour is taken into account in the determination of the extent to which they can be considered guilty of sin.

    For example, it says in the Qur’an that there is no sin on a person for eating Haram food when there is no other choice. Read the last sentence of the Ayat below.

    “O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship. He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Qur’an 2:172-173″

    In regards to punishment for Zina, (fornication with one you are not married to) a slave is only allowed to be punished half of what a free person is to be punished.

    “4:25 – And if when they are honourably married they commit lewdness they shall incur the half of the punishment (prescribed) for free women (in that case)…”

    A slave is deprived of their capacity to determine their own behaviour due to the mentally debilitating condition of slavery. Therefore, in accordance with the deep Social Justice principles of Islamic Law, a slave is only to be punished half of that a free person is to be punished.

    In the case of this child, it is a grotesque violation of justice to consider her to be capable of being held resposible for fornication.

    It is well understood by counellors, psycholgists, that when a person has been sexually abused severely as a child, it becomes a learned behaviour not to have the capacity to resist a sexual advance. The girl has been programmed to believe, at a subconscious level, that giving herself sexually is necessary for her security, for her basic survival.

    From then on, she would find it impossible to resist a sexual advance, as, a sexual advance would stimulate her survival instincts, and she would subconsciously believe she MUST give sex to survive.

    Furthermore, she would be programmed to need to offer sex when she feels insecure, threatened in any way, sexual desire has become associated with fear inside of her. Her sexual behaviour, and desire, is not normally understood sexual desire, it is controlled by fear, it is a learned – misconstructed survival mechanism.

    Therefore, she is not guilty of feeding unlawful sexual desire in having sex. Due to her belief that sex is necessary for security, her mind is merely doing what it has been programmed to do to ensure her sense of security. She has no power over it.

    She is no more guilty than those who eat Haram food when forced by necessity to do so.

    She needs serious help, serious reconditioning, serious love and caring, as she is damaged.

    It is an extremely serious violation of the Islamic sense of Social Justice to punish her for something she was forced to do by damaged conditioning!

  28. Bitter Truth on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:03 PM 

    @ IP

    You are right.

  29. Curtain Maker on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:03 PM 

    I think ALL tourist should boycott the maldives and let it go back to tuna and caves.

  30. human being on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:04 PM 

    @ Everyone!
    See the agenda here. This story was about a girl but ends with Adhaalath and islam. Just political scoring. They do not care about the girl. All they care about is politics and bickering.

  31. kuribee on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:08 PM 

    I dont understand why Minivan is mentioning one side of the story here.

    This lady had not had sex with herself and there was a man involved in this sexual act. The man was also been flogged and not only the lady. The hand were given much severe punishment and for the lady flogging to be carried out only when she reached 18 years.

    The flooding was not to be executed today and it to be done when she reached 18.

    I think we all have some responsibility to take when passing information to people and it should not be biased and people need to protect the other people rights and need to learn to respect the religion of other. Here international community should also respect our religion Islam also.

  32. kuribee on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:14 PM 

    some Fili Nasheed supporters, here use other people names to comment things agains Fili Nasheed. Here Uunder ” Kuribee” the first comment is made by someone else who are strong supporter of Fili Nasheed.

  33. Critic on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:20 PM 

    Simple Analysis and comments.

    1) The president is ‘saddened’ and government will push for ‘review’ of the issue.
    In every of his political speech, the president always claims that he or his government would not interfere with decisions of the courts/judiciary. WHY in this case? Is it due to external pressure, humanity or a campaign strategy?

    2) The Adaalth supports the punishment ‘to maintain order in society and to save it from sinful acts’.
    * ORDER – it does not exist in Maldives today whether it is at home, in schools, in offices, in parliament, in security forces, and within the scholars themselves.
    * SINFUL ACTS – If you look around you, you can easily see, experience sinful acts as defined in religious terms.
    a) Women should not wear clothes that are revealing to lead a man to develop lust. Well you can see it in every street.
    b) Alcohol consumption – it is everywhere in our society and many people do it and we all know
    c) Child abuse, women slavery – how many children are abused daily in houses in Male?, how many girls are sexually abused everyday in houses in all islands, how many woman are sexually abused in offices? Are theses stories or facts?
    d) Corruption – everyday there would be an article of corruption which involves law makers

    The list is just too long…and it is apparent that we cant live without these sinful acts because we are so sinful to begin with. A well respected religious scholar in Male was found guilty for abusing girls who he gave koran classes on TVM. Nothing happened to him, actually he continues to practice privately.

    I ask Adaalath for how long shall we live a life of blindness where on side we pretend to be god loving, pray five times..and in darkness we change into evils creeping into rooms and tarnishing lives of girls, women who have and will never have the ability to TELL the truth!

    For how long shall the laws, religious or otherwise, protect the men (culprits) and punish the women (victims) in sexual cases where women are used and abused?

    I am a parent too and I fear for my children. The fact i know, and everyone knows is that, sex in Maldives starts at very early age. Whether forced or not…and our society, parents, the system and incompetent law system is to blame.

    The use of religion to inflict pain and suffering is not acceptable today or tomorrow. The 15 year old girl did not commit any crime but used, abused, misused and now heading for the damps!

    Give it a thought and ask yourself (if you have a daughter). Is my child safe and not being sexually abused in school, at tuition’s, at work or when shes out socializing with friends?

    Malaysia is a huge country with so many muslims and strong belief in religion. But I ask any of the Adaalath members who have a child studying in Malayasia if they know a place/club called ‘Rain forest’. Please pay a visit on any weekend and am sure 80% of those kids there will sentenced to 100 lashes plus even worse punishments because of the EVIL and SINFUL ACTS. But before you make judgement, ask yourself what led them into such deeds.

    For all normal Maldivians let us say NO to this unlawful, cruel, unreasonable, biased judgement and punishments against young girls and women! It is not gods wish for women to suffer…not in any holy book is it mentioned!

  34. Mr.Deeh San on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 2:49 PM 

    half monkey and pig brains cannot comprehend the greatness of Sharia and the islamic laws. Too bad. I seriously feel glad to see idiots like you. call me a sadist but i KNW people like u end up in hell…. burn like trashy pigs

  35. Ilyas Ahmed on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 4:36 PM 

    I recommend that we introduce a Singapore style modern lashing system in the Maldives to deal with certain crimes.

    Let us flog a few men with sufficient meat on their backs before we flog this poor girl.

    I say we flog a few politicians and Majlis members first. God knows we have quite a few nasty fellows masquerading as politicians who deserve a few well delivered strokes from the cane on their butts.

  36. DMC on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 7:20 PM 

    This is why no religion should ever be permitted any say in any Governmental matters. The people who run religions, or actually believe in them, are all insane.

  37. Alibeyya on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 7:31 PM 

    What is clear is the girl in question had been abused by the very people who were meant to protect her for a long time. Given the physical, psychological and mental damage inflicted due to sustained sexual abuse, it is absolutely unacceptable for any investigative or judicial body to take her confession valid. It insane for the barbaric judges to pass sentences of sort based on statements of a girl who for certain is traumatized by the violence she had to endure.

  38. Uh Dho on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 8:51 PM 

    If there’s a hole to stick it in, that’s your consent. All females, small boys and goats living in Maldives beware!

  39. Raven on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 9:49 PM 

    Someone has created a petition imploring the government to provide the girl with the councelling….

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Prevent_a_rape_victim_from_being_punished/?evpCEcb

  40. Virendra on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 10:21 PM 

    Call non-Muslims as heretics and atheists – check.
    Hate West, Israel, India – check.
    Quote Quran for every non-sense you speak/do – check.
    Punish your own people – check.
    Try to get your family in one of the white country (which you publicly hate) – check.
    Well sir, Taliban have successfully infiltrated Maldives in disguise of Adhaalath.

  41. skai on Fri, 1st Mar 2013 11:24 PM 

    Will islam ever reform? Never

  42. shimy on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 3:02 AM 

    @Virendra, (Guessing you to be an Indian and keeping aside the comment i made before)

    I thought the Whole of India was calling for the death penalty(which is mentioned in Sharia Law) for rapists just days ago and is still calling for it today!!

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/polls/bjp-wants-capital-punishment-for-rapists-what-do-you-think-306803

    India Gang Rape Case: Death Penalty Demanded By Protesters In New Delhi

    It was all over the news but then again the west hijacked the situation and let the perpetrators be!! i thought democracy went with the sentiments of the public but no! religion is the very thing that demands justice for the victims but i guess the victims does not want that!!??

    How have the west made a better, safer heaven on earth by letting go off the laws that religion brought us!!their media is really screwed!!
    and you want us muslims to believe the west!!!??
    Just watch RT or Al jazeera for a change!!
    you really think media dominated by the west will bring anything against themselves!they will always be the peace loving sane beings!!

    If a Muslim country wants to implement the death penalty or punishment as required, then they become the most brutal of all??how come we do not question the west, or America or Japan!!

    Japan executes three death-row inmates
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322144317488627.html

    Sex by minors in Hollywood flicks is common but i guess that is ok as long as you enjoy it!!??what message are we sending, by the way!

    And women being treated equally in the west is such a boring topic to discuss on!!

    How can one justify a women, who is incidentally abandoned by her partner, leaving her as a single mother to fend off for herself and child! ultimately she find refuge in sex slavery!

    Single Aussie Moms Hit by Cut in Welfare Allowance Engage in Flesh Trade; 10 Prostitution Memes – See more at: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/425921/20130121/single-aussie-moms-hit-cut-welfare-engage.htm#.UTEks6N8NcU

    Anything but Islam, Right??!!

  43. Shafeea Zubair on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 8:43 AM 

    The Prosecutor General has in one stroke undermined all the hard work that Minister Aisha Mohamed did as Minster of Gender to bring forward to the national consciousness the horrific legacies of our abused children. Well done, Prosecutor General. And well done politicians who appointed this man to this position. AND refuse to remove him from this position.

    How, Mr PG, do you expect any sexually abused child to come forward if this is what they can expect from you?

    As for the heavy pronouncements coming from the Adhalath Party, I am speechless. Is the sexual life of a 15 year old girl, groomed and abused from an early age by her stepfather the ONLY thing the Adhalath Party can see as sin in the Maldives?

    Sheikh Shaheem once told me that in Islam the right thing to do when we commit sin is to keep our mouths shut. It’s between Allah and us. The moment we speak up we will have to face punishment under Islamic law. But does this aspect of Islamic Sharia apply to children as well?

    Apparently yes. This poor girl has been sentenced to being flogged a hundred lashes.

    Why are we accepting what the Adhalath Party say as the Holy Truth? Who are these people? Where did they study? What degrees do they have?? The future of the Maldives is in grave danger when we have these people using our beloved religion as a tool to muzzle those who have the courage to speak against those who abuse us. I refuse to believe Islamic law is this flawed. I refuse to believe Islam is this unjust. I have lost all trust in these Mullahs? The Mullahs cannot continue protecting men and eternally damning our girls children and women, the most vulnerable of our population in the name of Islamic Law.

    One in 3 girls in the Maldives has experienced sexual assault or molestation by a relative or family friend in the Maldives. This is fact. And yet until MP Mohamed Nasheed (Hdhall) submitted his bill for the protection of children there was no law to protect children and to hold abusers accountable.

    We cannot ignore this situation any longer. Enough.
    Mr President, Mr Speaker, and Chief Justice. As the heads of the three governing bodies of state you can no longer sit on the fence and ignore the havoc the Adhalath party is creating in the country in the name of Islam.
    As the UN legal officer who recently visited the Maldives said, its time you took action to to overhaul the legal system in the Maldives, reform the penal Code, bring in an Evidence Act and reform the Juvenile Court.

  44. shinan on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 9:34 AM 

    the lady has willingly agreed upon fornication…. how can a child get pregnant and get children? u stubborn selfish and self centred people do not have any mercy upon pple mercilessly raped in Kashmir iraq afghanistan and chechnya…..we already knw tha u are not interested in child protection, u aim is to disrupt sharia in maldives and free zina

  45. kuribee on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 10:15 AM 

    The man who had sex with this lady is being flogged already and was given much severe sentences.

    This lady had observe her flogging only when she reached the age of 18 not before.

    Problem here is that this article and many of the comments are not really concerned about the girl victim but rather politicized and are against the Islam .

    These people are not taking nay sympathy about the girl and it is all about the Islam.

    We need to be very careful of this

  46. Black Shadow on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 10:59 AM 

    If this is how its supposed to be. then i guess most of the girls in the Maldives deserve lashes? isn’t it? why only this poor girl?? NOT Fair right?

  47. Jadhullah on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 11:25 AM 

    “ސައިކޮލޮޖިކަލީ ޓްރޯމެޓައިޒްޑް ކުއްޖެއް ކަމަށް ބުނެފައި އޮއްވާ ހަމައެކަނި ކޮންފެޝަންއެއްގެ މައްޗަށް ހުކުމް ކުރެވިދާނެތޯ އެއީ ކުރަން ޖެހޭ ސުވާލެއް. އިސްލާމީ ޝަރީއަތުގައި ވެސް، އިއުތިރާފަކީ އޭނާގެ ފުރިހަމަ ބުއްދީގެ ބާރުގައި ދޭން ޖެހޭ އެއްޗެއް.” When she is psychological traumatized she is not a normal child and you can’t punish a victim.

  48. ! on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 12:09 PM 

    “No one has the right to criticise any penalties specified in Islam,” then you want Maldives a DEMOCRATIC country..

  49. Virendra on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 12:38 PM 

    @shiny
    Indians were demanding death penalty for rape-murder of a woman. Your Adhalaath party is demanding punishment for an underage girl for being raped. It says nothing about the rapists. How can you even remotely compare the two demands? Moreover, Indian courts don’t change their decisions based on popular sentiments and are not run by politics or army unlike Maldivian courts.
    You need to see the world – Western world still serves the most humane and just treatment, they are not plagued by corruption. If you believe what they show in Hollywood only, I pity your IQ level. You compare your justice system with that of US and Japan – what a joke. I watch Al Jazeera and RT, alright. And I personally believe the West can’t be aped by our societies, yet I find no reason why we should not learn good things from them – one of them being treatment of kids and women. In your post, I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t speak against a group which wants to punish a 15 year raped girl and say nothing about the perpetrators.

  50. Uh Dho on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 12:47 PM 

    Shinan! thank you for the clarification!
    “the lady has willingly agreed upon fornication…. how can a child get pregnant and get children?”
    There’s the answer for everyone against child rape. No logical argument will make a difference when dealing with the backwards mentality of uneducated, brainwashed fundamentalists. Apparently any girl who can get pregnant is automatically considered a consenting woman no matter what age they are. Now we can close this case and sleep well tonight knowing that there’s no such thing as rape or molestation.

  51. Mohamed Rasheed on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 1:04 PM 

    As a Maldivian i am ashamed and disgusted with how this poor girl is being treated!

  52. Hussain on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 5:05 PM 

    Vow, Indian judicary system is perfect? Indian judiciary system is one of the most corrupted system in the south east asia.

    We have seen innocent Maldivian girl got arrested on suspicion of “spying indian nuclear project” and she was kept in the jail for many year before getting released?

    In india, the elites are treated differently in front of Judiciary and poor people have different treatment in the judiciary .

    Indian judiciary no difference than Maldivian and both consist of corrupt people and may be Maldives is following the steps of big brother India.

  53. Shaneez on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 5:20 PM 

    It really bemuses me how the courts have taken the decision to lash a female under 16!!!Moreover the poor girl was brought up being abused badly by her parents. Her whole life she has been sexually exposed so it is the duty of society to put her back on track by advising, counselling and taking care of her rather than punishing and beating her.
    I think some idiots will take 100 years to understand this foolishness and simple fact. This has nothing to do with religion as Islamic Shariah law is not being disputed here.
    Basically a woman under 16 cannot consent to sex. How can a court judge her and find her guilty?
    Very sad case actually.

  54. Ben Plewright on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 5:59 PM 

    Oh, I meant, a principle that culpability (ones agency if you like) must be fully determined.

    Anyway, forget that, how the hell can a child of 15, ANY child of 15 be held fully responsible for sexual decisions, abused or NOT!

    What the hell is this about the wrath of God, Adhalaath have the wrong idea about what makes God angry.

    It is greed to the point of inhumanity, cruelty, the absence of compassion which makes God angry.

    Did Sheikh Shaheem really say that the right thing to do when you sin is to keep your mouth shut, or a Dhivehi equivalent of the same meaning? I find this absolutely shocking.

  55. Beatriz Pijuán on Sat, 2nd Mar 2013 11:25 PM 

    These people live in the f…..g middle ages! Who do they think they are to treat women like this! Outrageous.

  56. Shafeea Zubair on Sun, 3rd Mar 2013 4:12 AM 

    @Ben Plewright

    Yes he did. I wanted to write an article about the situation of unmarried mothers after the flogging of an unmarried 18 year old in the Maldives and the father got away scot free. I wanted to get my facts straight about the following

    1. what the Shariah says about the men who deny their paternity and get away with no punishment, and if paternity testing is allowed in Islamic Shariah

    2.why the unmarried mother gets extra punishment for disclosing the paternity of the child

    3. what does Shariah provide for women and girls who are raped and molested? If a woman’s word is half the weight of a mans word in Shariah, and as there are rarely spectators to give evidence about sexual acts, and as there is no Evidence Law in the Maldives, what are their chances of getting justice?

    I found Sheikh Shaheem highly educated on Islamic affairs, articulate and keen to educate and engage in discourse.

    He told me the law is in place, for our protection and for us women to guard our iffath .

    That paternity testing can be accepted in Shariah, that until and when the legal system of the Maldives is reformed and Evidence Bill is in position they have to go by current laws in place.

    And yes,that current laws stipulate that we should not disclose our sins and if we are stupid enough to get pregnant then by disclosing the paternity of the child we are disclosing the sins of another and if he denies the paternity of the child as he can in court,(his word is accepted and ours will be discounted because we are women) the unmarried mother will be punished further.

    Its a mystery to me why the legal reform bills have not been processed in Majlis. Surely the protection of ue people and ourrights should be the NUMBER ONE priority for Majlis.

    Which committees have these bills been sitting in? And who chairs these committees? Or have they even seen the floor of Majlis?

    Meantime, all we can do as women, if we do not want to experience public humiliation is make sure we do not stray from the moral codes of iffaiytheri women and not engage in premarital and extra marital sex. Simple. Just don’t give the men what they want. After all they take no responsibility.

    AND, maybe the government should allow us women to be armed and to have a gun under our pillows so we can shoot our rapists and molesters.

    How else can we protect ourselves from assault? The justice system clearly doesn’t.

  57. cabs on Sun, 3rd Mar 2013 5:36 AM 

    if punishment is carried out,maldives should be suspended from all international forums and no aid /soft loans should flow to those barbarians,go get aid from taliban moslem countries ,dont live the good life from infidels wealth

  58. Ben Plewright on Sun, 3rd Mar 2013 9:19 AM 

    I wish that Sheikh Shaheem said, that if a man is not manly enough to own up and take responsibility for his child, even it it means he has to face getting flogged for it (if he gets Her pregnant out of wedlock) then he is not a man, he is a cowardly little selfish weakling piece of such and such.

  59. oneSTARman on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 2:13 AM 

    I don’t usually feel this way – But it will be GOOD in a few years when Rising Oceans will mean The Maldives are UNDER WATER and Forgotten. This will be an EXTENDED period of TORTURE as No Human could survive 100 Lashes all at Once. WOMEN are usually ONLY Lashed 20 strokes which then SCAR Over and ANOTHER 20 strokes tear open the OLD WOUNDS – then another then another then ANOTHER over MONTHS. She may not remain SANE.

  60. Ga Sia on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 5:47 AM 

    So our Almighty GOD who sees all and is capable of bringing down nations has decided to “out-source” some of his work, that is punishing Maldivian youth to “Seyku” Imraan and Adhaalat Party. Even the Catholics stopped doing god’s this resposibility after the in-famous “Spanish Inquisition” 400 years ago. Why are we getting punished for our natural whims of life in this world as well. God is supposed to do all that on the Judgement day. You should not be punished twice for the same “crime”.
    I can bet Imraan and Shaheem did have sexual experiences before they got married – they should be flogged first. God never sent down any religion or book,all religions were invented by people for politics and power. Qur’an was initiated by a Jewish Scholar, who was the cousin of Mohammad’s first wife, Khadeeja.

  61. human being on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 5:52 AM 

    Wonder just who is setting the agenda here! Maldives may not be 100% muslim but atleast something like 90%. But its more like that the 10% of kuffar are hell bent on setting the agenda for the rest of us. They want to impose their secular laws on us against our wishes. What kind of democracy is this?
    The fact is that 90% maldivians are asking for islamic sharia to imposed. Another fact is that all these hoopla about flogging and tearing flesh is all damned lies. The flogging as is carried out in Maldives is almost symbolic and no physical damage happens to the subject. But yes it will be more of s psychological punishment.

  62. Shocked on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 2:00 PM 

    Deeply disturbed by some comments..

    ISLAM IS PERFECT, MUSLIMS AREN’T.

    Don’t criticize Islam, for the wrong doings of some ignorant muslims. May Allah gift the misguided with true understanding of the deen.. Ameen

  63. Sincere Advice on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 2:02 PM 

    http://www.raajjeislam.com/?file=13597

  64. PPL on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 3:35 PM 

    If she has to be flogged, 95% of the Maldivian population above the age of 15 should be flogged! And it takes two to tango! where is the male who was supposedly involved in fornication with her? Is it not essential that he confesses to have “fornicated”with her for her “crime” to be proven? Or is it enough for a victimized, tortured, young kid’s frightened confession to sentence her? Where is the efficing reason in that?
    ofcourse when a well known MAN of power sexually abuses a woman, he is defended in parliament describing his act to be to a slip-of judgement!?

  65. PPL on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 3:38 PM 

    Did Abdulla Ghazee try her case? Did he ask her to enact all the sexual abuses she has suffered and decided she did not act-out enough for his liking and decide on her sentence?

  66. linda on Sat, 23rd Mar 2013 7:49 PM 

    More shameful acts are committed in the name of god than for any other reason. It’s shameful that in this day and age it is still allowed to happen. Interesting how nature can work in harmony yet mankind would rather kill each other for religious views. As a mother of 15yr old girl, I truly thank the lord I was born in the United Kingdom and that my daughter was too.


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