Saturday, 23 March 2013

Sex Outside Marriage Laws

A 15 year old woman in the Maldives in facing 100 lashes in public following being found guilty of sex outside marriage.  There is something that defies logic about sentencing a young woman for a crime that only exists because it suits men to blame women for their bad behaviour. The 15 year old states that she was raped by her stepfather and others over a number of years. Her stepfather is charged with murdering the baby she bore. The Maldives is a popular tourist destination. However, under Sharia Law women and children are regularly punished for having been victims of childhood sexual assault or adult rape. One in three women between the ages of 15 - 49 have been victims of sexual or physical abuse. No rapists were convicted in the past three years. 
This should leave no doubt that this is a government that is dangerous for women. It is not an administration that deserves our tourist dollars however beautiful the beaches and resorts.

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