16-year-old Maldivian girl faces public caning for pre-marital sex
MALE (AFP) - A court in the Maldives has ordered a public flogging for a 16-year-old girl who confessed to having pre-marital sex, defying United Nations (UN) pressure to drop corporal punishment of women, officials said on Tuesday.
The unnamed teenager was convicted on her confession under sharia law after her family complained that she had sex with a 29-year-old man in July.
The man was given 10 years in jail during a court hearing in the remote Raa atoll on Sunday.
A court official said the girl, whose identity was not revealed, could refuse the public flogging and would then instead be subjected only to eight months house arrest under local laws.