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MALE: A 15-year-old in the Maldives whose father is accused of repeatedly raping her and killing the resulting baby risks being flogged for “fornication” with another man under the nation's strict Islamic law, a police source said Monday.

In the course of inquiries into the rape case, investigators say they unearthed evidence of the girl having had consensual sex with another man, which is an offence in the Indian Ocean holiday destination, the source told AFP.

Women, including minors, having consensual sex outside marriage can be charged in the Maldives, where convicts can be publicly flogged. Minors receive the punishment when they reach 18, the age of majority.

The child's step-father is accused by police of repeatedly raping the girl and fathering a child by her which he subsequently murdered. The girl's mother has been charged with helping dispose of the infant's body, police said.

“We completed the investigation (into the murder of the infant) and gave a report to the prosecutor general's office,” Maldivian police spokesman Hassan Haneef told AFP by telephone.

He declined to give details saying that Maldivian common law did not allow the discussion of any case involving a minor.

The local Haveeru newspaper quoted an unnamed official from the prosecutor's office saying that the fornication charge was unrelated to the rape which had been separately dealt with.

The legal system of the Maldives, a nation of 330,000 Sunni Muslims known for its coral-fringed islands and sandy beaches, has elements of Islamic Sharia law as well as English common law.

The country carries out the flogging of women despite calls from the UN Human Rights Council to drop the practice.

In September, a Maldivian court ordered a public flogging for a 16-year-old girl who confessed to having pre-marital sex. Her 29-year-old lover was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The gang-rape last month in the Indian capital of a 23-year-old student who subsequently died has also sparked protests over crime against women in neighbouring South Asian nations including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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Comments (14)

Ajaya K Dutt
January 8, 2013 3:49 pm
What does last lines "The gang-rape last month in the Indian capital of a 23-year-old student" has to do with this news?
January 8, 2013 3:50 pm
you ought write about these topics in your next colomn in Dailytimes
January 8, 2013 12:52 pm
A guru in India has held the Delhi-gang rape victim also responsible for her rape. Something is seriously wrong with society in this region.
January 9, 2013 10:27 am
Quiz time: Guess which country is this ? Foreign minister - Salman Khurshid ~ Muslim Spokesperson - syed akbaruddin ~ Muslim Army Cheif - General Bikram Singh ~ Sikh Prime minister - Manmohan singh ~ Sikh Defence Minister ~ A K Antony ~ Christian Chief of ruling party ~ Sonia Maino Gandhi ~ Christian Chief Justice of supreme court ~ Altatmas Kabir ~ Muslim
January 8, 2013 10:29 am
Why you guys are always opposite to a civilized world....
January 8, 2013 9:19 am
Welcome to Islamic solutions to the world's problems.
January 8, 2013 12:45 pm
Getting fed up of this clergy and its twisted way delivering justice.
January 8, 2013 7:44 am
How come a country allows both Islamic Sharia law as well as English common law at a time ? Make it one , either this or either that .
January 8, 2013 7:46 am
Islamic justice a mockery of justice.
January 8, 2013 9:57 pm
When the uneducated and the self righteous are held to the high pedestal, the society pays the price: be it in the form of corrupt politicians or pseudo religious leaders. Its a common malaise affecting the subcontinent, the so called "Guru" is a despicable person making a mockery of the pain and suffering of the victim.
January 9, 2013 6:25 am
Quite misleading headline and seems like people haven't read the news and charging like a bull since Muslim state is involved. The flogging isn't for being raped, thats a separate case and will be dealt separately.
January 9, 2013 6:28 am
Mullah, Mullah everywhere.....but no Islam anywhere !
January 9, 2013 7:34 am
Having non-marital sex is what u called civilized??
January 9, 2013 1:19 pm
WoW - I Sharia Law for Indian Muslims too ....
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