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Opposition to Indian Military Presence in Maldives Leads to Jail Time for a Young Man

A young man has been sentenced to jail for spray painting anti-Indian graffiti on the wall of an abandoned government building in the island of Sh.Feydhoo, Maldives. The young man sprayed the phrase "India Out" on the building. This slogan is commonly used by those who oppose the Indian military presence in the Maldives.
The incident occurred last year, and the man was subsequently arrested and charged with vandalism. Today, the Magistrate Court in the Island sentenced the man to 4 months and 24 days in jail for his actions.
This sentencing comes as the Maldives government has taken a strong stance against the "India Out" movement. Last year, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih issued a decree banning the movement, which calls for the removal of Indian military personnel from the Maldives. At present, there are hundreds of Indian soldiers present across the country, which has sparked tension and opposition among some Maldivian citizens.
The Maldives government has stated that the Indian military presence in the country is essential for ensuring the security and stability of the region. However, the "India Out" movement has argued that the presence of foreign troops on Maldivian soil is a violation of national sovereignty.