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A 15-year-old girl who faced 100 lashes in the Maldives after she was raped by her
step-father has had the sentence overturned following an international campaign.
The child, who cannot be named, was handed the draconian flogging sentence for
“fornication” in February, triggering a petition by the global campaign network Avaaz
and anger from opposition and women’s rights groups in the country. Two million
people worldwide signed the petition calling for the sentence to be commuted.
Last week, the Maldivian High Court overturned the sentence, which was hailed as
a victory by Avaaz. But the organisation said that the case was a one-off and called
for a moratorium on all flogging sentences in the Maldives, which is under the
Islamic government of President Mohammed Waheed Hassan.
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