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Maldives rape victim sentenced to 100 lashings for premarital sex

A 15-year-old rape victim in the Maldives has been convicted of having premarital sex.

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Under a horrifying law, a 15-year-old girl in the Maldives is getting punished by a court for having premarital sex. Worse, she is also a victim of rape in a separate case. While her alleged attacker, her stepfather, has yet to face trial, she has just been convicted of premarital sex, BBC News reported today. Her sentence is 100 lashes. 

Amnesty International is outraged. They say that  punishment as "cruel, degrading and inhumane." 

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The rape made news in June 2012, after the victim gave birth to a baby that was discovered dead, buried outside her home, Minivan News reported. Her stepfather was later charged with murdering the newborn, along with raping the mother. When police investigated the allegations against him though, they got sidetracked by the victim's sex life. 

The bizarre conviction is unfortunately not unusual. Under the Maldives' strict Islamic law, women found to have had consensual sex outside marriage are at risk of getting convicted for the "crime" and punished with public floggings.

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