Being a gorgeous beach destination, the Maldives attracts thousands of water babies to its shores. These travellers often flock to the beaches for the much-needed ‘Vitamin Sea’. Not to mention the warmth of that shiny grain under their feet. They, however, miss out on the Maldives’ strict rules and regulations regarding dress codes. UK celebrity Cecilia Jastrzembska also missed out on these basic rules and she was arrested for donning a bikini at the beach. By Kumar Shree
UK celebrity Cecilia Jastrzembska, a former First Dates star and a travel blogger was recently vacaying at the Maafushi island in Kaafu Atoll. It was during this holiday that she got arrested by the Maldivian police. The police says she was arrested for wearing a bikini at the beach, which is not allowed as per the local rules. The police can be seen trying to handcuff her in a viral video. The struggle appears almost like a scuffle and the local police is facing all-round criticism for manhandling a lady.
Many people also wrote on social media that the lady was being harassed by the local public. Maldives Police Service Commissioner, Mohamed Hameed, later released an apologetic statement saying that the incident was badly handled. He accepted that the matter could have been handled in a better manner and said that he would work on professionalising the police service, and will also investigate the matter further.
Cecilia Jastrzembska flew back to the UK in less than 24 hours of touring the Maldives because of her arrest. While the area she was arrested in is one of the most luxurious destinations among beach lovers across the world; certain local rules apply everywhere on the island. Wearing bikinis in local islands of the capital city of Malé, is a strict no-no. Tourists are allowed free dressing only in the local resorts or private islands of Maldives. However, being nude or practicing topless sunbathing is prohibited everywhere.
The government also advises the tourists to dress in a manner that is in adherence with the local culture and sentiments. What happened can only be described as unfortunate, but we can surely take this as a lesson.