Maldives police said Thursday they would remove ‘idols’ from a resort if it does not meet a deadline given by the Civil Court to take down the objects.
Almost 30 sculptures are part of a semi-submerged gallery at the Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi that has made headlines around the world.
But the artwork has been criticised by religious scholars and politicians who deem human-form sculptures to be anti-Islamic and, in July, the President’s Office ordered the artwork to be removed. The artwork is still at the resort, almost two months later.
The police and military would remove it within seven days and destroy the sculptures as they saw fit, a police spokesman told local media at a news conference.
The court said the sculptures went against the tenets of Islam and that the removal was being ordered to protect the faith, the spokesman added.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent