Girl, 15, sentenced to 100 lashes after being raped by stepfatherBy Mason White 4:20 AM February 28, 2013
|Public lashing in the Maldives|
By: Moses Gold
A young girl was arrested and charged with premarital sex after her stepfather raped her, according to court proceedings in the Maldives.
The 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for having sex before marriage with an unrelated different man.
During an investigation into the alleged rape of her stepfather, the girl suddenly told police that she had consensual sex with another man.
Sex outside marriage is illegal in the Maldives, which operates under strict Islamic law.
Amnesty International said the punishment was “cruel, degrading and inhumane”, while the Maldives government disagreed with the ruling and is considering changing the law.
Besides rape, the girl’s stepfather is accused of killing and burying a baby conceived from the rape. He faces 25 years in prison if convicted.
Court officials said that the punishment is suspended until the girl turns 18-years-old and she was also placed under eight months of house arrest.