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It's hard to believe, but a 15-year-old rape survivor in the Maldives has been sentenced to be whipped 100 times in public! Let's put an end to this lunacy by hitting the government where it hurts: the tourism industry.

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Sue H (7)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:16 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:29 am
signed and shared, thank you Angelika

Veronique L (209)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:36 am
Noted and signed Angelika!

Elizabeth O (93)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:37 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:42 am
signed & shared on FB, TU Angelika

Mike S (86)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:58 am
Signed, noted and shared. Thank you Angie.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:41 am

Flogging victims of sexual violence is wrong and we can stop it. If one million of us join this call by Friday we can show the government its tourism business is at risk, and force ministers to stop this flogging for good!

Share this with everyone you know using the Facebook, Twitter and Email tools below and forward the original email from Avaaz! Done - tweeted and posted on Facebook.

Tourism might be at risk and that is the primary language all speak- money. Human Rights are on the line here.
Punish a victim?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:42 am

To President Mohammed Waheed Hassan:

As concerned global citizens, we call on you to do more to protect vulnerable women and children. We welcome your government’s initial intervention in the case of the 15-year-old rape victim, but real justice will only be delivered when you end the practice of public flogging in the Maldives, and change the law so that it better protects the victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Please Sign this petition!

Ben O (171)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:45 am
Done. Recently I saw a TV documentary from The Maldives, it seemed in many ways worse than in Saudi Arabia... DAMMIT!!!

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:48 am
Thanks you all- and Kit, I was going to add this text just didn't get a chance yet. again, C2 sucks today!

Chelsey A (8)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 11:02 am
Signed & noted!

Erin R (181)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 1:37 pm
n & s

Autumn S (151)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:51 pm
Thanks for signing – now spread the word to save this girl and others!

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 4:23 pm

Munro Tapper (80)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:10 pm
Action taken.

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:57 am
Noted and signed
Thank you Angelika!

Animae C (514)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:00 am
2 signatures

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:36 am
Why punish the innocent? Flogg the damn rapists!! S&N

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:42 am
N&S. This is unacceptable!

Emma S (239)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:18 am
This is deeply shaming. Gladly signed - thanks for this, Angie.

Caroline S (78)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:28 am
What a shame, .... Punish the's just unacceptable.

. (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:35 am
Signed it. This sort of thing is so wrong.

. (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:37 am
Signed & posted

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:49 am
Previously signed and shared.

Walker E (45)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:53 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Linda B (10)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:56 am
Noted and signed. Thanks for posting.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:58 am
Signed and Noted!

Silvia Gonzalez (37)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:10 am
noted and signed.

Anna M (18)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:17 am
talk about being "bass ackwards" . this is cruel and ignorant stupidity.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:19 am

Spirit Spider (86)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:25 am
Done :(

Robert O (12)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:18 am
Thanks for signing – now spread the word to save this girl and others!

Action definitely taken! This is absolutely horrible and should not be allowed to happen. Thanks Angelika.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:40 am
Sickening! Noted and signed. Thanks, Angelika.

Connie O (44)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:57 am

pam w (139)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:59 am
Signed...of COURSE!

Angelika R (143)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 9:34 am
I actually was not even aware the Maledives are an Islamic republic, have thought they would be mainly Hindu, given their location. The world community must NOT tolerate the most heinous sharia laws, we CAN raise our voices and keep trying to have govts. change that!

Stephanie Reap (192)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 9:35 am

Tamara Hayes (185)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 9:39 am
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. This is insane! My heart hurts so much for this young woman and all women who have experienced the horror of rape and then the rape of their trust in those who should be protecting them, not vilifying them. Thanks Angie!

Jim Phillips (3257)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:10 am
AVAAZ petition signed.

"Flogging victims of sexual violence is wrong and we can stop it. If one million of us join this call by Friday we can show the government its tourism business is at risk, and force ministers to stop this flogging for good!"

Ty, Angelika.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:59 am
This is just sick! That man commited murder & raped his stepdaughter - he should be sentenced to be whipped! Or killed!

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 12:26 pm
Already signed.

Fran F (118)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 12:50 pm
Signed and noted, thanks, Angelika.

Ludger W (71)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:13 pm

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:21 pm
Horror is a good word to describe this - it is totally unacceptable! Soooo signed. Thanks Angelika!

Tammy B (9)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:48 pm
I'm speechless!

Robyn Vorsa (4)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:04 pm
I have signed, oh and to the monster that has ordered this obscenity. The world is watching you evil creep. I just hope this poor young girl is spared.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:14 pm

Natalie V (27)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:43 pm
noted / signed

Birgit W (160)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:19 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:57 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Angelika.

Joy M (169)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:40 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:11 pm
Thanks for signing. I had read about this poor girl and thank you for posting a petition on her behalf. Sadly you got your star already today or I'd give you another one. Even one star daily isn't enough for some wonderful activist on here.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:47 pm
that is insane! signed and noted

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 9:15 pm
Never thought the Maldives was such a backwater regarding Women's rights. Shocking and disgusting. Signed and noted, thanks Angelika.

Piers G (3)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:40 pm
Why in the name of all that's good must the victim suffer???
Where's the help and compassion she needs

Julie E (405)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 11:00 pm
This has been posted twice. Good! Signed on the other one.

Julie E (405)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 11:06 pm


Devon Leonar (54)
Friday March 22, 2013, 1:11 am
Awful awful awful....just makes you want to shake your head in horror and cry. This world can be so upside down................ Why is there such a widespread and eon's old fear of women.......? It's so tragically sad..........

Devon Leonar (54)
Friday March 22, 2013, 1:13 am
Gladly signed...!

Anna Undebeck (256)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:10 am
Absolutely sick and heartbreaking.. SIGNED! Thanks Angelika.

ilja c (48)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:51 am
sick and disguisting.signed.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:42 am
Shamefull and appalling. In my opinion all rapists should be castrated and then justice would always be served!!! Signed and shared,thanks Angelika.

Tanya W (65)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:44 am
Noted and signed. Wasn't the rape punishment enough??? What insensitive ignorant idiots!!!

Tanya W (65)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:47 am
Both petitions signed thanks Julie E.

Kerrie G (116)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:54 am
Signed and noted, thanks.

Gillian M (218)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:37 am
I cannot believe that Angelika and people like Kit find it hard to believe that a rape victim is going to be lashed 100 times. This is typical through out all Muslim controlled countries. On this occasion she is not being hung or stoned to death which is far more typical, whilst the rapist male goes free. I regularly sign such petitions or write to various authorities and it is extremely rare that the punishment is commuted unless international pressure is brought to bear.

Talking about the Maldives religions, people out here have a deep faith in Islam and all the people are Sunni Muslims. Therefore, the major religion of Maldives is Islam. People of Maldives are very religious and offer prayers five times a day in the mosque. Maldivians have a strong belief in afterlife and they are of the opinion that it is decided on the basis of deeds, whether the person will go to hell or heaven. Read on to know more about the religions in Maldive

In fact, it is often said that one has to follow the religion of Islam to obtain the citizenship of this land. There is lack of secular legal system over here. This explains the reason why Islam is given so much importance. In most of the inhabited islands, you can find a number of mosques, which form the central place for practicing of Islamism.

Gillian M (218)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:46 am
Why are rape victims often punished by Islamic courts as adulterers?

Under Islamic law, rape can only be proven if the rapist confesses or if there are four male witnesses. Women who allege rape, without the benefit of the act having been witnessed by four men who subsequently develop a conscience, are actually confessing to having sex. If they or the accused happens to be married, then it is considered to be adultery.

Qur'an (2:282) - Establishes that a woman's testimony is worth only half that of a man's in court (there is no "he said/she said" gridlock in Islam).

Qur'an (24:4) - "And those who accuse free women then do not bring four witnesses (to adultery), flog them..." Strictly speaking, this verse addresses adultery (revealed at the very time that Muhammad's favorite wife was being accused of adultery on the basis of only three witnesses, coincidentally enough) however it is a part of the theological underpinning of the Sharia rule.

Qur'an (24:13) - "Why did they not bring four witnesses of it? But as they have not brought witnesses they are liars before Allah."

Qur'an (2:223) - "Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will..." There is no such thing as rape in marriage, as a man is permitted unrestricted sexual access to his wives.

Bukhari (5:59:462) - The background for the Qur'anic requirement of four witnesses to adultery. Muhammad's favorite wife, Aisha, was accused of cheating [on her polygamous husband]. Three witnesses corroborated the event, but Muhammad apparently did not want to believe it, and so established the arbitrary rule that four witnesses are required.

Rape of Muslim women is against Islamic law - although the rape of non-Muslim women is not, if they are 'captured in battle' or bought as slaves. Even the rape of a Muslim woman is almost impossible to prove under strict Islamic law (Sharia). If the man claims that the act was consensual sex, there is very little that the woman can do to refute this. Islam places the burden of avoiding sexual encounters of any sort on the woman.

A recent fatwa from a mainstream Islamic site echoes this rule and even chides a victim of incest for complaining when she has no "evidence":

However, it is not permissible to accuse the father of rape without evidence. Indeed, the Sharee’ah put some special conditions for proving Zina (fornication or adultery) that are not required in case of other crimes. The crime of Zina is not confirmed except if the fornicator admits it, or with the testimony of four trustworthy men, while the testimony of women is not accepted.

Hence, the statement of this girl or the statement of her mother in itself does not Islamically prove anything against the father, especially that the latter denies it.

Therefore, if this daughter has no evidence to prove that her accusations are true, she should not have claimed that she was raped by her father and she should not have taken him to the court. (, Image)

Since it is incredibly unlikely that a child molester will violate his victim in front of "four trustworthy men", Islamic law amounts to a free pass for sexual predators.

Islamic law rejects forensic evidence (such as DNA) in favor of testimony. An interesting situation thus sometimes develops in cases where a victim alleges rape and the man denies that sex even took place. In the absence of four male witnesses, rape cannot be proven. The woman's testimony then becomes a "confession" of adultery. She can be stoned, even though the male is unpunished, since he never "confessed" to a sexual act!

Some clerics blame rape on the woman. Australian Sheik Feiz recently said a rape victim "has no one to blame but herself. She displayed her beauty to the entire world... to tease man and appeal to his carnal nature."

One of the world's most respected Sunni scholars, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, recently told an audience on his al-Jazeera television show that "To be absolved from guilt, the raped woman must have shown some sort of good conduct."

Also, there can be no such thing as rape in marriage, even if the husband has to hit the wife in order to bring about her submission. Another recent fatwa reminds a woman, she "does not have the right to refuse her husband, rather she must respond to his request every time he calls her." (Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 33597).

Keep in mind that most Muslim countries do not operate under strict Islamic law, but rather under legal codes imported from the West. Therefore rape victims in these countries can and often do receive justice under more reasonable standards of proof.

This is from thereligionofpeace

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:07 am
Please keep in mind that this post is NOT for lecturing about either Islam, the Q'ran or any interpretation of these, but a PETITION to be SIGNED AGAINST this practice. Thank you!

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:10 am
Gillian, as much as I dislike to address you personally, but I must say that your PERMANENT attacks on (not only) me and your delusional assumptions about me,what I think, know or believe/not believe are quite annoying. Perhaps you could keep hat under control a bit more, I'd really appreciate it, thank you!

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:13 am
keep *that*..

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:17 pm
This is dysfunction at its finest!

To Angelika Roll: I appreciate your petition, and agree with, avoiding personal attacks.
However, if you are speaking to Gillian about today's post, I don't comprehend where you find it offensive. Perhaps, an offense toward you was committed in another instance, that I missed.

These torturous situations happen frequently, in the Muslim world, not to insinuate that all Muslims behave in this manner. However, the practice is wide-spread.
In fact, this forum is exactly the place for people to expound on their opinions of Islam, the Qur'an, or any other subject, on which they have an opinion, as long as one is not personally attacked.

In ending, you, KIt and many others have provided great insight into articles, about which many of us might not have become informed. For this, you and all who post these articles, I thank you.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Friday March 22, 2013, 7:08 pm
This is so wrong after being raped that she gets whipped with 100 lashes! Where are the rapers punishment? I will not sign an Avaaz petition that is supported by George Soros, Illuminati!

Valentina M (0)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 12:28 pm

Pogle S (88)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 1:28 pm
They are living in a warped twisted upside down world! I rather liked Gillian showing me what is behind this barbarism. Completely insane by our own standards of course but nevertheless it dominates their world view. All I can really say to them is: Wake-up people! It’s time to discover empathy and compassion in the real world and change!

Gillian M (218)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 1:48 pm
Angelika, I am showing why this barbaric practice happens and it is part of what I have been working on for years. You are indignant about this one case, I am indignant about thousands a year including those perpetrated in Gaza by Muslims to Muslims.

You are fully aware of what is happening in all Muslim controlled countries and your comments about me not using this board to show that this is common is unacceptable. People need to be fully educated about the abuses that Muslim children and women suffer at the hands of "men". It also includes hanging and stoning to death.

I spend hours a week trying to stop these abuses, you sign one petition, upload it then pat yourself on the back. And yes, this comment and the ones above, are totally on subject.


Gillian M (218)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 1:50 pm
In 2003, the European Court of Human Rights declared that sharia was incompatible with the principles of democracy

This concerned the dissolution, by the Turkish Constitutional Court, of a political party, the Welfare Party, on the grounds that it wanted to introduce sharia law and a theocratic regime. A Grand Chamber of the Court found unanimously that there had been no violation of Article 11 of the Convention, which protects freedom of association. This case gave the Court the opportunity to conduct an in-depth analysis of the relationship
between the Convention and democracy, political parties, and religion.

In its judgment, the Court first noted that freedom of thought, of religion, of expression and of association as guaranteed by the Convention could not deprive the authorities of a State in which an association, through its activities, jeopardised that State’s institutions, of the right to protect those institutions. It necessarily followed that a political party whose leaders incited to violence or put forward a policy which failed to respect democracy or which was aimed at the destruction of democracy and the flouting of the rights and freedoms recognised in a democracy, could not lay claim to the Convention’s protection against penalties imposed on those grounds. Such penalties could even, where there was a sufficiently established and imminent danger for democracy, take the form of preventive intervention.

Noting that the Welfare Party had pledged to set up a regime based on sharia law, the Court found that sharia was incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy as set forth in the Convention. It considered that “sharia, which faithfully reflects the dogmas and divine rules laid down by religion, is stable and invariable. Principles such as pluralism in the political sphere or the constant evolution of public freedoms have no place in it”.

According to the Court, it was difficult to declare one’s respect for democracy and human rights while at the same time supporting a regime based on sharia, which clearly diverged from Convention values, particularly with regard to its criminal law and criminal procedure, its rules on the legal status of women and the way it intervened in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts.

Gillian M (218)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 2:03 pm
And yes, the last commen is also on subject where the Court of Human Rights clearly states that women are treated badly.

This comment is also on subject as if women/little girls are deemed to have committed adultery and are punished unless 4 men come along and say rape, then every Muslim woman who lives in these countries is at risk of such ill treatment. Old women have been flogged like this and fathers are known to kill their daughters if they think that they have had sex, a 4 or 5 year old? Nor will they be punished. Other "men" throw acid at the children or cut their noses off or those of women.

Your attitude is sickening if you cannot accept the truth nor want others to know about the suffering of these Muslim women and children.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 2:53 pm
Gillian, once again your choice of words shows that you just cannot and likely will never stop making your own completely false assumptions about me when you have neither proof for it nor any knowledge of me.

Your aim seems to be only to disgrace me and put me in a bad light, simply for the reason that I ALSO protest against very wrongdoing by the state of Israel, and rightly so! While you continue to claim that Israel is not wrong, has never been and won't in all its actions.
Those who know me - definitely better than you do, will realize this and I let visitors to this thread make their own decisions. Had you paid less attention in the past to wherever someone criticised Israel and more attention to where I and others posted protests and petitions about injustice and horror of Muslim world then perhaps you would not insult me the way you do.
I feel sorry for your hatefilled soul.

I did not want to make such a comment here on this post as it, too is off-topic but neither did I want to let your judgement about me stand unchallenged. And this is really end of discussion for me, as far as you are concerned.period.

Gillian M (218)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:27 pm
I have never stated that Israel never does anything wrong but the difference is that Israel is not trying to commit genocied unlike Hamas and the Palestinians. What happened to the condemnation of the ongoing rocket attacks on Israel? What about attacks on Israeli children? You have never condemned any thing like this.

You have always denigrated anything Israel does and never ever condemned any action by Muslims that I have seen.

The only hate I ever see is from you and your anti-Semitic friends.

I spoke to you politely and asked you valid questions, on topic, which you always refused to answer claiming that it would make a news item a blog. It only indicates that you have been unable to refute the hatred that you support from Islam. Even now you cannot condemn on the abuses that Islam demands against women, all you have done is complain that I have brought it to people's attention. What does that make you?

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