Maldives LGBT Laws

Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

Sexual acts between men and between women are not regulated by the Penal Code, but are prohibited by Islamic Sharia law applicable to the Maldives along with civil law, with penalties decided by Islamic courts.

For men the punishment is banishment for nine months to one year or a whipping of 10 to 30 strokes, while the punishment for women is house arrest for nine months to one year.

There have been reports of women being sentenced to a whipping as well for lesbian acts [R1.1].


In December 2009, seven men including two imams were reported to have been arrested for suspected homosexual activity on the Maldives island of Maalhos in Northern Ari Atoll [R1.2].

R1.1 ILGA: “State-Sponsored Homophobia” MAY 08
R1.2 PinkPaper.com: “Seven arrested for sexuality crimes in Maldives” 16 DEC 09