15 Year-old Girl Will Be Flogged For Fornicating After Repeatedly Raped By Her Stepfather
A 15-year-old girl in the Maldives who was raped repeatedly by her stepfather will be publicly flogged for having sex outside of marriage. Under strict Islamic law, sex outside of marriage is considered fornication. The country carries out the flogging of women despite calls from the UN Human Rights Council to drop the practice. The local Haveeru newspaper quoted an unnamed official from the prosecutor's office, saying that the fornication charge was unrelated to the rape that had been separately dealt with. The rape also resulted in a baby by the father, which he is being charged for killing. Her mother is being charged with helping dispose of the infant's body.