The Hush Post| 11:56 am|one-minute-read|
A woman tourist was arrested for wearing a bikini in the island nation of Maldives. The UK cops arrested the woman on the non-resort island of Maafushi, part of the Kaafu atoll in the Indian Ocean nation.
The video footage of the incident shows the woman, wearing a black bikini and speaking with a British accent. She can be seen struggling against three police officers who are dragging her away from the beach.
One officer is holding a beach towel to cover her up. The arrest prompted Maldives Police Service Commissioner Mohamed Hameed to make a public apology. He said: “Incident in Maafushi seems to be badly handled. I apologise to the tourist and the public for this. The challenge I have taken up is to professionalise the police service and we are working on that.” Investigations are on.
The Maldives has around 1,200 islands organised into various “atolls”, some 1,000 km south of Sri Lanka. Many of its islands are home to international hotels and resorts, where the laws about tourist dress are more relaxed.
The UK’s Foreign Office advises travellers that “local laws reflect the fact that Maldives is an Islamic country.”
It adds: “You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they don’t offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.”
“Dress is generally informal but you should be sensitive to local dress standards when visiting non-resort islands.”