Horror in paradise
To President Mohammed Waheed Hassan:
As concerned global citizens, we welcome your government’s intervention in the case of the 15-year-old rape victim, but we call on you to do more to protect vulnerable women and children. Real justice will only be delivered when you end the practice of flogging in the Maldives, and change the law so that it better protects the victims of rape and sexual abuse.
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A 15-year-old rape survivor faces 100 lashes. That’s right, instead of protecting her, the authorities are going to flog her in public! But if we threaten Maldives ministers’ big money maker — tourism — we can stop this outrage.The girl was allegedly raped by her stepfather and others for years and her stepfather murdered the baby she bore. Now the court is punishing her for “sex outside marriage”! But we can force President Waheed to save this girl, and change the law to spare other victims this fate.
Winning this battle can help women everywhere, as the Maldives is running for a top UN human rights position. With a million-strong petition standing with the young victim to abolish flogging and stamp out sexual violence, we’ll threaten their lucrative tourist trade through word of mouth and through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and holiday websites. Sign now and share this campaign widely.