15 Year Old Given 100 Lashes for being Raped by Stepfather

Leslie Carol Botha: 100 lashes for a young girl for ‘fornicating’ with her stepfather – who was raping her.¬† Being made to confess to ‘fornicating’ in front of the registrar of the Juvenile Court – no doubt a man.¬† Another woman shamed and forever damaged.

Maldives teen faces 100 lashes for fornication

By Hilary Whiteman, CNN
updated 10:52 AM EST, Thu February 28, 2013

Maldive Police(CNN) — The Maldives government has said its hands are tied in the case of a 15-year-old girl sentenced to 100 lashes and eight months house arrest for engaging in premarital sex.

The registrar for the Juvenile Court confirmed Wednesday that the sentence had been imposed Tuesday, after the girl confessed during a court hearing to the charge of fornication.

“She’s staying in a children’s home now so we have ordered her to remain in a children’s home,” registrar Zaima Nasheed Aboobakur told CNN.

“We have explained to her how if she wants to receive the punishment (the lashings) right now she can … or it can be postponed until she turns 18,” she added.

Amnesty International told CNN the same girl was the alleged victim of sexual abuse by her stepfather.

The Juvenile Court registrar said she had no information on reported charges against the girl’s stepfather, as that case was being dealt with by the Criminal Court, but she said that the teenager’s fornication charge was unrelated to the stepfather’s case.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.