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

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Former Student Moves Back In With High School Teacher

The California teen who made national headlines when she and her high school teacher moved in together told a local television station that the two are back together.

Jordan Powers, 18, told a reporter for Sacramento TV station CBS13  that she and James Hooker, 41, are a couple again. The interview was conducted on the steps of Hooker’s apartment in Modesto through a screen door. In an ABC news interview two weeks ago, Powers said she had called off the relationship with Hooker after allegations that the teacher sexually abused another student more than a decade ago. Powers packed her bags and moved  to Ohio with her mom.

Tammie Powers, mother, told the Modesto Bee that she thought the two were seeing each other again.  After they moved away, Hooker called Jordan “relentlessly,” she said. “It is awful,” she said. “This is what pedophiles, predators do. They isolate them from family.”


Hooker was arrested on April 6 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student he allegedly met at a high school conference in 1998.  He entered a not guilty plea and remains out on bail. After the break-up, Powers  said Hooker had lied about the affair and the student had “lost everything for this guy” in the ABC interview. Neighbors say Powers moved back in recently.

In February, Hooker quit his job at James Enochs High School and left his wife and three children to be with Powers. She dropped out of high school.  The two told national talk shows that they didn’t have a sexual relationship until she turned 18.  That point is under investigation.

Do you agree with Tammie Powers, that her daughter should end her relationship with James Hooker? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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