Maldives Rape Victim Sentenced To 100 Lashes For Fornication

Maldives Rape Victim Sentenced To 100 Lashes For FornicationA 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said. The charges against the girl were brought against her last year after police investigated accusations that her stepfather had raped her and killed their baby. He is still to face trial. Prosecutors said her conviction did not relate to the rape case.

‘House arrest’

Zaima Nasheed, a spokesperson for the juvenile court, said the girl was also ordered to remain under house arrest at a children’s home for eight months. Officials said she would receive the punishment when she turns 18, unless she requested it earlier.

The case was sent for prosecution after police were called to investigate a dead baby buried on the island of Feydhoo in Shaviyani Atoll, in the north of the country. Her stepfather was accused of raping her and impregnating her before killing the baby. The girl’s mother also faces charges for failing to the abuse to the authorities.


‘Degrading and inhumane’

The legal system of the Maldives, an Islamic archipelago with a population of some 400,000, has elements of Islamic law (Sharia) as well as English common law.

Ahmed Faiz, a researcher with Amnesty International, said flogging was “cruel, degrading and inhumane” and urged the authorities to abolish it… This is not the only case. It is happening frequently – only last month there was another girl who was sexually abused and sentenced to lashes.”

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Source: Olivia Lang, BBC News

Image: Sharia Unveiled

Bangladeshi Girl Lashed To Death After Being Raped By Cousin

Bangladeshi Girl Lashed To Death After Being Raped By CousinAccording to Hena Akhter’s fellow villagers in Bangladesh’s Shariatpur district, the 14-year-old girl was guilty of having an affair with a married man. The punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70. Bloodied and bruised, she was taken to hospital, where she died a week later.

‘Exhumed’

Amazingly, an initial autopsy report cited no injuries and deemed her death a suicide. Hena’s family insisted her body be exhumed. They wanted the world to know what really happened to their daughter. Hena was the youngest of five children born to Darbesh Khan, a day laborer, and his wife, Aklima Begum. They led a simple life that was suddenly marred a year ago with the return of Hena’s cousin Mahbub Khan.

One winter night, as Hena’s sister Alya told it, Hena was walking from her room to an outdoor toilet when Mahbub Khan gagged her with cloth, forced her behind nearby shrubbery and beat and raped her. Hena struggled to escape, Alya told CNN. Mahbub Khan’s wife heard Hena’s muffled screams and when she found Hena with her husband, she dragged the teenage girl back to her hut, beat her and trampled her on the floor.

‘Fatwa’

The next day, the village elders met to discuss the case at Mahbub Khan’s house, Alya said. The imam pronounced his fatwa. Khan and Hena were found guilty of an illicit relationship. Her punishment under sharia or Islamic law was 101 lashes; his 201. Mahbub Khan managed to escape after the first few lashes.

Bangladesh is considered a democratic and moderate Muslim country, and national law forbids the practice of sharia. But activist and journalist Shoaib Choudhury, who documents such cases, said sharia is still very much in use in villages and towns aided by the lack of education and strong judicial systems.

Monday, the doctors responsible for Hena’s first autopsy faced prosecution for what a court called a “false post-mortem report to hide the real cause of Hena’s death.” A second autopsy performed at Dhaka Medical College Hospital revealed Hena had died of internal bleeding and her body bore the marks of severe injuries. Police are now conducting an investigation and have arrested several people, including Mahbub Khan, in connection with Hena’s death.

What is your view regarding the implementation of the sharia in other countries? Share your insights regarding this horrible happening.

Source: Farid Ahmed and Moni Basu, CNN

Image: Ethics Soup