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Teen faces flogging for premarital sex

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Maldives authorities have called on the country’s Islamic ministry and judiciary to stop the public flogging of a teenage girl for having sex outside marriage, a government official said Friday.

A court last week sentenced the 15-year-old to 100 lashes after she admitted to having consensual sex, a court official said on condition of anonymity. The official said details of the consensual sex emerged when police investigated her complaint against her stepfather and another man of sexually abusing her.

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Government spokesman Masood Imad said the government considered her a victim of sexual abuse and wants the sentence revoked.

Maldives is an Indian Ocean archipelago of 300,000 people, all of whom are Sunni Muslims. Practicing or preaching any other religion is illegal.

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