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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Posted: 20 March 2013
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 share this petition now to get us to a million.

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