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Society & Culture  (tags: MALDIVES, SHARIA LAW, FLOGGING, RAPE, children, women, freedoms, human rights )

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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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Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 3:15 pm

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 3:17 pm
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.

The girl says she was raped by her stepfather and others for years and her stepfather is accused of murdering the baby she bore. Now the court says she must be flogged for “sex outside marriage”! President Waheed of the Maldives is already feeling global pressure on this, but we can force him to save this girl and change the law to spare other victims this cruel fate. This is how we can win the War on Women – by standing up every time an outrage like this happens.

Tourism is the big earner for the Maldives elite, including government ministers. Let's build a million-strong petition to President Waheed this week, then threaten the islands' reputation through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and online until he steps in to save her and abolish this outrageous law. Sign and forward this email now to get us to a million:

The Maldives is a paradise for tourists. But for women there, it can be hell. Under harsh interpretations of sharia law, women and children are routinely punished with flogging and house arrest if found guilty of extramarital sex or adultery. It's nearly always the women who get punished, not the perpetrators. A staggering one in three women between ages 15 and 49 have suffered physical or sexual abuse -- yet zero rapists were convicted in the past three years.

Winning this battle can help women everywhere, as the Maldives government is right now running for a top UN human rights position - on a platform of women's rights! Global outrage has already forced President Waheed to appeal the sentence in the 15-year-old's case. But that's not enough. Extremists inside the country will force him to abandon further reforms if international attention fades. Let’s tell the Maldives that it stands to lose its reputation as a romantic tourist hot spot unless it changes its attitudes to and laws about women.

If enough of us raise our voices, we can get President Waheed and his MPs to face down the extremists. The president is already on the back foot over this shameful, tragic story - let's seize this moment to prevent more horrifying injustices against girls and women. Sign the petition, then send this email widely:

No woman and no girl deserves this, especially when they are the victim! I understand that the sentence will be carried out when the girl turns 18, but that is only conjecture at this point.

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 4:27 pm
noted and signed

JL A (281)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:41 pm
signed yesterday, noted now

John B (185)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:51 pm
Thanks Lynn for the post and the link. Signed and noted.

"9 seconds ago-John R Brewer, United States of America

Leslie Stanick (102)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 8:02 pm
Sharia law does not protect women from abuse. I strongly support putting pressure on the Maldivian government to repeal draconian law, and punish the perpetrators of sexual and physical abuse of women.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 8:17 pm

Already signed but tweeted.

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:47 pm
What is this insanity?????

Ben O (171)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:35 am
Signed yesterday...

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:02 am
Noted and signed, thanks Lynn

Edwin M (346)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:41 am
Signed thank you Lynn

. (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:21 pm
petition signed

Eternal Gardener (745)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:16 pm
Action taken!

Past Member (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 12:42 am

P A (117)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:27 am
Signed a couple of days ago when it was around 200,000 - very glad to check now and see it is nearly 600,000! What a vile and evil thing to do to a rape survivor.

Ellen m (215)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:43 am
Previously signed and shared. .
This is horrific on so many levels...and even if the government backs down, I fear for this girl.
My god, 100 lashes could kill her..I'm reminded of the boy in Singapore about 20 years ago who was to be caned. Then President Clinton and tons of politicians tried to stop it, but only succeeded in getting the # of lashes reduced.
Where is that same US government outcry now, or is it just reserved for American citizens ?

. (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 10:41 am
done. This poor child gets raped by her step father and others and she gets whipped? I know this is a backwards society, but c;mpn now. Horrible that these men just walk away and the women are used in every possible way.

Lisa N (206)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:55 am
Thank you for signing this petition.
Thanks Lynn.

S S (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 12:53 pm
Signed, thank you.

Barbara H (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:05 pm
Signed. It's unbelievable how stupid men treats girls and women....

Esther Z (94)
Friday March 22, 2013, 10:54 pm
Noted and signed.

Marie W (67)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:27 pm
Religion rears its ugly misogynistic head again.

P A (117)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:56 am
Have just checked on the AVAAZ petition - it is 951,586 and climbing as I watch it - HOORAY!!! I hope that poor girl sees this and that at some point this outpouring of support is able to help her!

Cinzia Palamara (26)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 3:13 am
Noted and signed.We always think of these places as earth paradise but often we don't want to know what really happens there and that's very sad. Thanks for sharing Lynn.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 11:42 am
Thank you Lynn!!!! (S, N, P, T)

Nancy Black (308)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 12:43 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, shared, shared and signed. We need to hit them where they hurt; tourism and any government aid.Barbaric and unbelievably cruel. Obviously a society of insecure men. Shame, shame on them.

bob m (32)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:54 pm

antichrist.... bizzarroland.... bass akward upside down ...

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 7:34 pm
Signed and noted thanks

Pogle S (88)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 1:34 pm
Been spreading it about too; It's outrageous and criminal in my view :-(

TERRY R (353)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:20 am
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