Saturday, November 26, 2011

Nasheed administration to continue flogging women

The administration of Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has unequivocally stated support for the institutional violence against women.

Foreign minister Ahmed Naseem told Haveeru News that flogging was a basic Islamic principle on which the current administration would not allow a debate.

"What's there to debate about?" he asked, stating: "No one can argue with God."

Despite Nasheed's administrations intention to stifle debate on flogging, the religious right has so far failed to explain to why Maldivians should preserve the practice. While flogging is prescribed in the Quran the way it is carried out in the Maldives would contradict its basis in verse 24.2:

"The fornicatress and the fornicator, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah."

Flogging, as practiced in the Maldives, is overwhelmingly carried out against women. In 2006, for instance, out of 174 people sentenced to flogging, 146 were women, 19 of who were under 18 years of age. The Maldives judiciary has since deleted this telling statistic from its website. Maldivian implementation of flogging not only violates UN conventions it has signed but also its Quranic basis.

While Nasheed's administration is keen to preserve a cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishment carried out overwhelming on women, none of his ministers is calling for hand amputation for convicted thieves, which is also part of some Islamic jurisprudence. The only difference is that theft in the Maldives, as elsewhere in the world, is committed mainly by men.

The Islamic justification for flogging in the Maldives offered by Nasheed's administration, therefore, is baseless. And, by attempting to stifle debate on the practice and vowing to continue to act on the advice of proven misogynists---Bari has several times stated on national TV that a woman's role is at home and subservient to men---Nasheed's administration is only revealing to the world that it has no interest in human rights, gender or honouring UN conventions.

23 comments:

amira said...

true. why are only some shariah followed? why not others?
i am not encouraging sex outside of marriage. but the current practice of law and order is very unfavourable to women. especially helpless women. for witness can be baught if you have wealth. without witness, one cannot be prosecuted.
and men go scott free most of the time. something needs to be done. the society needs to be fair to all. islam is a fair religion. follow it. don't abuse it.

Anonymous said...

You hopeless people, think of creative ways of implementing Shariya Law in the 21st Century.

Anonymous said...

sex & other cultures r the no.1 priority of maldives cause it challenges islam

this life is not important & this nation is working collect souls & early deaths r a bonus so actual criminals r not important

GobalMuslimWomen said...

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Anonymous said...

Inshaallah in not so distant future Islamic Shariah will become the law of this Nation. This is a muslim counctry and if u cant tolerate us practising Islam then we dont have to tolerate you.

Anonymous said...

judging from your tone i take that you are a muslim too.. then insha allah the right path will come to you :) and i would like to say you cant find anyone intolerable because he said "no one can argue god" thats what we muslims believe.. faith above all things.. and i have faith that the 14 century old book of miracle which we have, the bellesed book which allah sent us has the laws perfect and fair for all sexes and all races. and regarding amira's comment. when the withness is bought and the innocent women is being flogged or stoned it is said the first drop of blood that hits the ground all of her sins will be forgiven.. why not endure the pain why not endure the death for all eternal glory and its wealth ? is it not what we are here for ? thanks wallahu 'alam :)

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