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Girl, 15, sentenced to 100 lashes for premarital sex

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A 15-year-old girl in the Maldives who was allegedly raped by her stepfather has been sentenced to 100 lashes for having premarital sex.

Her stepfather hasn't faced trial for accusations he raped the teen and killed their baby, BBC reported.

The girl and her stepfather were charged in June 2012, Amnesty International stated, after the body of a baby was found outside their house on Feydhoo Island. The human rights group said the stepfather had allegedly sexually abused the girl for years.

Zaima Nasheed, a spokeswoman for the juvenile court, told BBC the girl was also placed under house arrest for eight months and defended the punishment saying the girl had willingly acted outside the law.

Under Maldivian law, the girl won't receive her punishment until she turns 18, Amnesty International said.

"Flogging is a violation of the absolute prohibition on torture and other cruel inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment," Amnesty International said prior to the sentencing.

The nation of islands is located southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

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