First Dates star arrested for wearing bikini in Maldives was ‘groped by cops’

A First Dates and Ninja Warrior arrested on the paradise islands of the Maldives for wearing a bikini claims police beat and groped her.

In the 30-second clip, recorded in Maafushi island, the 26-year-old tourist was dragged away by three police officers for wearing a bikini on a beach in conservative Muslim nation.

In the viral clip Cecilia Jastrzembska grapples with several policemen while they try to put her in handcuffs.

But she claims things got much worse after the footage ended, claiming she was slapped across the face, kicked in the stomach and later subjected to humiliating body searches.

The TV star told the Mirror: “I was absolutely hysterical. Fists were being waved in my face.

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“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 hyper-ventilating when they started to grope me. I was terrified. I thought my life was at risk.

“I was humiliated and degraded.”

In the video one of the men makes an attempt to cover her body with a towel while she continues to resist by wriggling and wrapping her legs around one of the officers.

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"You're sexually assaulting me,” she screamed.

The incident happened last Thursday at around 5pm and was sparked when local people started harassing the woman for her revealing clothing.

Bikinis are only allowed to be worn on designated beaches on many of the islands that make up the Maldives, which lie in the northern Indian Ocean, and are subject to strict Muslim Sharia law.

But Cecilia, who works as a Westminster advisor, said she was unaware of that when she went to Maafushi for a scuba-diving holiday with her friend Lucas Ramos, 31.

Police were told the woman was possibly drunk and she was said to have then been arrested for "indecent exposure" and taken into custody.

Foreign Office advice for the Maldives states that: “Dress is generally informal but you should be sensitive to local dress standards when visiting non-resort islands.”

Cecilia – who appeared on TV’s First Dates and NInja Warriro – had only just arrived with Lucas on Maafushi, on a boat from neighbouring island Adaaran, when they realised they were being followed by a group of men.

At first they had no idea they were plain-clothes cops.

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 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’.”

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.

“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.”

Police in the Maldives – which are visited by around 100,000 Brits a year – have issued a public apology to Cecilia.

The statement read: “Maldives Police Services sincerely apologises 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 dehumanised. I’m a confident woman and they wanted to take away my voice.”

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

Cecilia, whose day-to-day work involves 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.”

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