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British tourist ‘dragged’ from Maldives beach by local police for wearing a bikini



British tourist 'dragged' from Maldives beach by local police for wearing a bikini

The British woman who was recently arrested for wearing a bikini in the Maldives said that the police who dragged her off the street even beat her up groped her, and also left her fearing for her life.

The footage of Cecilia Jastrzembska, a British woman, being manhandled by the local police went viral last week.

Cecilia, the traumatized 26-year-old claimed situation got much worse for her after the 30-second clip ended – and she was slapped across the face, kicked in the stomach and later subjected to humiliating body searches.

While speaking about her arrest for the first time, she said: “I was absolutely hysterical. Fists were being waved in my face.

“I wondered if they were going to lock me up. It’s the kind of situation where, as a woman, you could imagine something much worse happening.

“I was already injured and hyperventilating when they started to grope me. I was terrified. I thought my life was at risk.

“I was humiliated and degraded.”

Bikinis are only allowed at a few beaches on the islands that make up the Maldives. It follows a strict Muslim Sharia law. 

Cecilia, however, was unaware of that when she visited Maafushi for a scuba-diving holiday with her friend Lucas Ramos, 31.

She said: “I loved the idea of diving in the Maldives because it looked like paradise. There were people wearing bikinis everywhere we went. I had no idea they were illegal on some parts of local islands.”

Cecilia had only just arrived with Lucas on Maafushi, taking a boat from neighboring island Adaaran, they soon realized they were being followed by a group of men. Initially, Cecilia and Lucas had no idea they were plainclothes cops.

Cecilia said: “A few men started following us and shouting at us. I didn’t know what they wanted or what they were talking about.

“Then one said, ‘We’re the police’. I asked them to show me some ID and they said, ‘No’.”

Cecilia can be heard shouting in the footage, “You’re sexually assaulting me” as three men manhandle and grapple with her while another attempts to cover her with a towel.

But she said: “The 30-second clip was the tip of the iceberg. The alter-cation actually lasted 10 minutes before we were bundled into a car.

“If they had said, ‘Can you please cover-up?’ that would have been totally fine. I have the utmost respect for Islamic customs. 

“But I think they just wanted to humiliate and degrade me. They separated us and started kicking and punching Lucas. Then, they hit me across the face and kicked me in
the stomach.

“They forced me into a car and because they had no uniforms, I thought I was being abducted. The man in the passenger seat was just laughing at me.

“This just showed me it was a misogynistic attack, and not about offending local sensibilities.”

The horrific experience with the cops didn’t stop even when she and Lucas arrived at the police station.

She said: “Two men wanted to search me – that was the excuse.
I said, ‘I’m in a bikini, what could you possibly be looking for? Get off me.’ “They groped me for a few minutes. It was awful.

“Neither of us knew what was going on. It was panic central for both of us. I was just in survival mode. It was a waiting game to see what was happening.”

She further said she was refused to make any phone calls or seek legal advice. Also, the cops refused to give her water while both of them sat for hours in the heat. 

Cecilia said they spent a day in cells and were then told they could leave the police station – if they agreed to hand over their passports, which they refused to do.

She said: “Five men followed us back to our hotel. We locked ourselves in our room but they banged on our door for 20 minutes. It was really menacing.”

The next morning a new group of policemen arrived and continued to demand their documents.

Cecilia said: “They were rapping on our window and asking for my passport. They were saying it was a crime not to hand it over.

“I almost did, but I’m so glad now that I didn’t because I would have been trapped there.”

Eventually, when she agreed to speak to the cops at the hotel. Cecilia was horrified to see her footage of her arrest, which was filmed by a bystander. 

She said: “One officer said, ‘You are on the local news’. I was in complete shock. I looked on my phone and saw the clip had already reached British websites.

“The experience of the violence came rushing back immediately. I was gobsmacked it had gone so far so quickly.” Cecilia said police had also confiscated Lucas’ bag, which contained possessions and travel money worth £1,000.

She said: “We asked for it back but everything had gone.”

The next day – Cecilia’s birthday – she and her friend fled their hotel at sunrise and boarded the first ferry to the country’s capital Male. But the nightmare didn’t stop even now as she was now being named online.

Cecilia believes this happened because of the police who gave her identity to local media.

She said: “I was refreshing the news on my phone and then saw my full name appear. Seeing the footage everywhere just brought the memories of the violence flooding back.

“I was broken. I couldn’t eat or sleep for four days.”

In the Maldives, it was reported that Cecilia had been arrested for “indecent exposure” and had been “under the influence of alcohol”.

The nightmare still didn’t stop as Cecilia received a call from her dad, from London. Her dad said: “I got a call from Dad, who said there were reporters at the door.

“I ended up turning my phone off. The police wanted to drag me through the press. They wanted to look as innocent as possible. In the clip, you see me resisting arrest, but you don’t see I was physically assaulted.“

Cecilia, whose work is about researching policy on women’s rights, insisted: “One thing I can say with absolute certainty is this would never happen to a man.

“Men can walk around topless without any consequences but women are objectified.”

She then contacted the British embassy and was told that she did the right thing by not handing over her passport. She flew back to Uk with Lucas on Tuesday. 

Each year on an average 100,000 Britishers visits the Maldives. After this incident, the Maldives police has issued a public apology to Cecilia. 

The statement read: “Maldives Police Services sincerely apologizes to the tourist and public for the regretful manner in which the incident took place.

“A full inquiry has been initiated to ensure that disproportionate measures are not ­implemented in such situations.”

But Cecilia said: “I’ve been completely dehumanized. I’m a confident woman and they wanted to take away my voice.”
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Highway 70 in Northern California has been closed due to a massive mudslide



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Highway 70 in Northern California has been closed due to a massive mudslide

On Sunday, multiple mudslides and debris flows closed a stretch of State Route 70 in Butte and Plumas counties, some 170 miles northeast of San Francisco, within the Dixie Fire burn scar.

The highway was closed in the Feather River Canyon, between Jarbo Gap and Greenville, a historic Plumas County town that was consumed by the Dixie Fire in August, as heavy rain soaked the region.

Brandon Clement, a photojournalist, shared spectacular photographs and a drone video of a part of Highway 70 covered in rock and mud near the hamlet of Tobin.

Cal Trans shared photographs of rocks on Highway 70 around 8 miles north of Pulga on Twitter.

A massive storm barreled into Northern California on Sunday, flooding roadways, toppling trees, and unleashing mud flows in regions charred by recent wildfires in the state’s north.

Rain and high gusts followed the arrival of an atmospheric river — a long and wide plume of moisture drawn in from the Pacific Ocean — during the weekend.

The meteorological service’s Sacramento office predicted debris flows in recent burn scars, particularly on steep hillsides, on Sunday.

A debris flow is a flowing mass of loose mud, sand, soil, rock, and water that is propelled down a slope by gravity. A debris flow can completely destroy homes and cars in its path. Areas that have recently been scorched by wildfires are especially vulnerable to flash floods and debris flows during rainstorms.

A flash flood and debris flow warning was issued for the Dixie Fire zone on Sunday morning. “Heavy rain is starting to move in and this will cause debris flows within the Dixie Fire,” the weather service’s Sacramento office reported about 6 a.m. Rainfall rates of up to an inch per hour are forecast through 3 a.m. Monday, according to the advisory.

This summer, the Dixie Fire spread over five counties — Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta, and Tehama — covering about one million acres and becoming the second largest wildfire in California history.

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In the midst of a raging storm, Sacramento City Hall opens its lobby to the homeless population



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In the midst of a raging storm, Sacramento City Hall opens its lobby to the homeless population

Earlier on Sunday, the shelter inside City Hall was nearly full.

As the homeless population sought shelter from a significant storm, Sacramento City Hall opened its doors and lobby.

The City Hall foyer reopened on Saturday night and is slated to remain open until 6 a.m. on Monday.

By Sunday afternoon, the shelter had sheltered 50 individuals from the storm and was nearly full. Three additional shelters were available at the Hagginwood Community Center, as well as at 1725 28th Street and 2450 Florin Road.

“City Hall, I know, is the place for the people to be able to access for city business, but City Hall also belongs to the people who are having the hardest of hard times. I’m really proud of the fact that we are opening up the people’s building to bring people indoors. It’s the right thing to do,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg in a video sent to Twitter by the Department of Community Response.

While the effort kept individuals indoors during the storm, it drew criticism from the Sacramento Homeless Union for being a “photo op.”

“This is your job. You don’t get points for opening a (door) the other 10,900 people are flooded in tents. Why are you videoing people without permission. This is unacceptable we already let you know that (sic),”  In a retweet on Twitter, the homeless union stated.

Janna Haynes, Public Information Manager for the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, told ABC10 earlier on Sunday that those experiencing homelessness in the Sacramento area should try to secure shelter by 2 p.m. A list of shelters is shown below.


  • 1725 28th St, Sacramento
  • 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento
  • Creekside Adult Center — 2641 Kent Drive, Sacramento
  •  Hagginwood Community Center — Storm Center at 3271 Marysville Blvd, Sacramento
  • City of Sacramento City Hall – Storm Center at 915 I St, Sacramento
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The prevalence of ‘flesh-eating STI’ is increasing in the United Kingdom



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The prevalence of ‘flesh-eating STI’ is increasing in the United Kingdom

Doctors in the United Kingdom have warned that a rare sexually transmitted disease is on the rise — and it affects males more than women.

In the United Kingdom, a rare sexually transmitted disease that “progressively destroys genital tissue” is spreading.

The medical ailment is known as donovanosis, but because of its tendency to eat away at your private parts, it has been dubbed the “flesh-eating STI.”

According to the National Library of Medicine, early signs include “beefy-red lesions” that can grow on the genitals or around the anus and gradually wear away, transforming them into “raised, beefy-red, velvety nodules called granulation tissue” (NLM).

If left untreated, the infection gradually kills vaginal tissue and spreads to other parts of your body, including the thighs and lower abdomen.

The bacteria that causes the flesh-eating infection is generally found in South Africa, Brazil, and India, but it is now being seen in the United Kingdom as well.

The Sun claims that British doctors have warned that donovanosis, also known as klebsiella granulomatis, is “on the rise” after documented cases increased from 19 in 2016 to 30 in 2019.

Despite data from Public Health England indicating a drop during the 2020 shutdown, gynaecologist Dr. Shree Datta told the publication that it was getting “more common” and that people should be aware of it.

“As well as the awful symptoms, it’s important people are aware that it’s a known risk factor for the transmission of HIV,” she said.

“The early signs are lumps around the genitals or anus that increase in size and take on a beefy-red appearance.

“These can develop into ulcers that, without treatment, can become infected, which can result in pain and an unpleasant smell. It’s more likely to affect men.”

The best method to avoid catching the condition, which is treated with antibiotics, according to the London specialist, is to practise safe sex.

Dr. Karan Raj, a second British doctor, published a video about the developing STI on his TikTok account, calling it “terrifying” and explaining the testing process.

The expert warnings have alarmed frightened Britons, with some resorting to social media to warn others not to Google Image the STD, while others joked that it was time to “go celibate.”

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