- Prisoners will escape regardless of high security- Home Minister
- Maldives to get more specialists from India
- Maldivian candidate wins second term on anti-torture body
- Police knew about the prison escape only after 24hrs of their escape- Police
- JP to increase activities in the islands
- SEZ opportunities will be given to important matters unavailable in Maldives- Economic Minister
- Survey team for Bridge project will arrive on Friday- Economic Minister
- Hopes high for US assistance for Maldivian trade- Mohamed Saeed
- Second escape convict arrested
- Only MVR 1million passed for Omadhoo Harbour project while it needs MVR 37 million
- We will find Rilwan and hand him over to his family- Home Minister
- MVR 75000 reward for information on Shahum and Luthfee
- Govt should take the responsibility of issue of two escaped convicts- Nihan
Maldives Slams UN on Adultery Penalty
(onislam.net): – The government of Maldives has rejected UN calls for debating the practice of flogging women guilty of committing adultery in the island nation.
“What’s there to discuss about flogging?” Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem told Haveeru newspaper.
“There is nothing to debate about in a matter clearly stated in the religion of Islam. No one can argue with God.”
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay called Friday on the Maldives government to end the practice of flogging women committed of having extra-marital sex.
“I strongly believe that a public debate is needed in Maldives on this issue of major concern,” she said.
Under Maldives law, women found to have committed adultery are punished with 30 lashes.
There are now estimates of how many women are flogged in the Muslim nation, but the punishment is usually done in public.
The UN rights chief’s call has sparked protests in the island nation, with some protestors calling for Pillary’s arrest.
Protestors surrounded the UN Building, and demanded an apology from the UN and parliamentarians.
The Maldives government said that it will not allow any debates about penalties against female adulterers.
“Our foreign ministry will not allow that to happen,” said Nassem.
“Maldives is a 100 percent Muslim country.”