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Dubai, sex and the law
A British woman has been arrested for illegal sex and drinking in Dubai after she reported a rape.
January 10, 2010 1:26 by kippreport
British nationals, Dubai and sex scandals: those three terms have seen a lot of each other in recent months. The latest is the case of a 23-year-old British woman who was reportedly arrested for having illegal sex with her fiancé after she went to register a rape charge in Dubai.
The woman claimed a waiter at The Address hotel in Dubai Marina attacked her shortly after she celebrated her engagement to her 44-year-old fiancé.
Police confirmed that the woman reported rape charges on January 1, and said that another case was filed against her and her fiancé for illegal drinking and sex. “The woman confessed that she had sexual intercourse with her fiancé and that she had alcohol. We cannot just ignore such an offence,” Major Abdul al-Kadi al-Banni, director of the Jebel Ali police station told The National.
Meanwhile, she has apparently been asked to get married and drop the rape allegations if she wants to leave the country, according to UK tabloid The Sun. “I always dreamed of a big family wedding in Britain, but now I just want to get married so I can get out of here,” the paper quotes her as telling some friends. “I’ve done nothing wrong but I’m petrified of rotting in jail,” she said.
“They’re putting pressure on her to drop the rape allegations and are more interested in her conduct as a woman than in the rapist,” her brother told the newspaper.
A recent survey by YouGov Siraj found that a majority of women in the UAE would refrain from reporting a rape. While 55 percent of the female respondents said that they were worried about their families’ or their own reputations, 49 percent said that they fear being “unjustly accused of immoral behavior.”
The latest British woman’s case would seem to justify that view.