The Maldives is a Muslim country, but they’re not known for beings dicks about it. The ones I meet in Sri Lanka are generally quite chill. I find this quite shocking though. Apparently extra-marital sex is a crime in the Maldives, punishable by public flogging.
According to the law, 30 lashes are given to women found to have committed adultery. Court officials would not give numbers on how many women are flogged in the conservative Muslim nation, but the punishment is usually done in public. (Washington Post)
I have a great affection for the people of the Dives and it’s sad that they’ve been getting a lot of bad press lately. Recently some zealots destroyed statues that were gifts from Pakistan and Sri Lanka because they were false idols and people might worship them. As fars as I could tell, the statues were a stack of books and a lion.
The following is the best response I saw to that. It’s satire.
Over 300 people have been reported to have converted to other religions by the sheer charisma and persuasiveness emanated from the statues.
Ali (not real name), was on his way to the Sri-Lankan lion statue, his new God, to ask for forgiveness when an angry mob attacked him. The mob assured reporters that Ali was not brutally assaulted for his religious beliefs. “No, we attacked him because he’s homosexual.” (Hundreds converted by idolatrous SAARC monuments)
Now this, that they’re flogging women for having sex, apparently in public. Thing is the article isn’t quite clear on whether this is actually happening, and one would think they could find out. I’ll ask my Maldivian friend in the morning.