The old couple who brought one kilogram of heroin from India to the Maldives on 9th April may be innocent –an assumption most people are apparently making because of the advanced age of the couple. But are they really innocent? Whatever the truth, one thing is certain. This is a loophole in the system and criminals are certain to take advantage of it.
With one notable exception, Maldivians generally assume old people don't do crime. The exception is of course former President Gayoom. Supposing the contraband was found on his luggage when he returned from his recent trip to Trivandrum, he is unlikely to have received much sympathy. Why this difference?
Again this may be due to the assumption that uneducated people are innocent. Like the previous assumption this also has no scientific basis at all. In fact in most studies low educational achievement is associated with higher crime rates, not lower.
For details of the case in Dhivehi click here.