No Bikini Allowed in Maldives? British Tourist Manhandled and Arrested for 'Indecent Exposure', Police Apologise After Video Goes Viral
Bikini woman arrested in Maldives (Photo Credits: Video Grab)

The Maldives is known for having some of the best beaches, with crystal clear waters, clean sand and beautiful views. And although it serves a perfect setting for beachwear and bikinis, there are some strict rules to follow. A British tourist had one of the worst experiences when she wore a bikini to a public beach on one of the islands. The tourist was arrested by police for "indecent exposure." Moreover, the way the police tried to take her away was very violent and the woman was screaming, "You’re sexually assaulting me!" The entire arrest was captured on camera and the video soon found its way online. The viral video clearly shows the tourist being manhandled by the police as they dragged her away. After the video went viral, the police commissioner has issued an apology. Boyfriend of Woman Fined for Wearing String Bikini on Philippines Island Lashes Out: ‘Why Was It Sold in a Local Shop?'

The incident took place on the island of Maafushi, in the Kaafu Atoll. The woman was reported to be under the influence of alcohol. She wore a two-piece bikini to the beach. But the police however, did not care and severely manhandled her while making an arrest. The woman tried to resist and can be heard shouting, "You are sexually assaulting me." While two men tried to put handcuffs around her, a third one came in with a sarong-like cloth and covered her back, while the police led her away from the scene. Although she was released that same day around 7 p.m., the dealing with the situation has irked many. Video of Child Pooping and Mother Burying Diaper on Boracay Island Beach Goes Viral, Authorities Cordon Off Beachside for Clean-up.

Watch Video of Police Manhandling Woman in Bikini at the Maldives:

The video is going viral after it was shared on other social media platforms too. Several people commented on the ways police tried to deal with her. Others questioned if there are no female police in the team. Check some of the reactions.

So Wrong

Unlawful

Not an Appropriate Way

The police commissioner Mohammed Hameed later tweeted an apology to the tourist mentioned that he has taken up the challenge to professionalise the police service.

Check his tweet:

Wearing a bikini is permitted in the popular tourist location but not away from the resorts. It is strictly prohibited on the local islands. "We would like to remind the many visitors who come to our country to be mindful of local sensitivities when visiting inhabited islands," the police told in a report.