London: A 16-year-old girl in Maldives has reportedly been sentenced to 100 lashes and eight months’ house arrest for having sex with an older man.
The girl has ``confessed`` to having sex with the 29-year-old after her family pressed charges.
According to a report by Minivan News, the man was found guilty of having sex with a minor and sentenced on Sunday to ten years in jail.
The Maldivian court stated that the girl`s sentence would be implemented when she turns 18, the Daily Mail reports.
As she is legally a minor, the court stated that the girl`s sentence would be implemented when she turned 18,`` Minivan News said.
The sentence came ten months after UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay urged the Maldives to stop publicly flogging women for having extra-marital sex.
According to the paper, Pillay noted during a visit to the country that the Maldives had progressed in safeguarding the rights of its 330,000 Sunni Muslims, but more needed to be done to protect women.