17 June, 2010

LA Times: Alleged victim of gang rape sentenced to one year in prison

"The Criminal Court of Abu Dhabi, in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, ruled this week that an 18-year-old Emirati woman who accused six men of gang-raping her will herself serve a one-year sentence for consensual sex.
It's one of in the latest in a scourge of reported rape cases in Dubai, The court proceedings were marred by legal travesties, experts say.
While the plaintiff was not granted a lawyer, the defendants were. Moreover, the plaintiff could not have any family members present with her during the trial, the court decided. The prosecution also argued that simply because the plaintiff agreed to enter the police officer's car, this action somehow constituted partial consent to sex, The National reported.
Emirati authorities had kept the plaintiff imprisoned since she made the allegations last month.

Meanwhile, the accused rapists mostly got off lightly. A police officer will serve one year in prison for extramarital sex and two of the other defendants were sentenced to three months for being in the company of a woman not related to them by blood."

More here: DUBAI: Alleged victim of gang rape sentenced to one year in prison (LA times blog)

7 comments:

Saif said...

If any of this is true, it's a real joke of a legal system. If it isn't then I think there are a lot of facts not being revealed. Is Dubai really resulting to double standards? I've always believed so.

rosh said...

What has happened / happening to the young woman is wrong on so many levels..it's hell. Somebody needs to step in / step up.

Kyle said...

The UAE, no matter how refined & modern, it would like to portray itself to the whole world but predicaments such as the one featured here only proves a beautiful shell is just that! A shell with a rotting interior!

Here's hoping the victim pens her thoughts blasting the tribal system that looks down upon the fairer sex.

Tainted Female said...

Makes me want to vomit. Just one more reason I'm so very thankful I'm not in that place... not blinded by it anymore.

Anonymous said...

Dont worry Tainted Female, Dubai isnt missing you either!
Some rules may seem ahrsh here, but they are necessary to keep a safe society. Thankfully Dubai is still much safer than most other majro cities due to strict laws aiming at preserving family and cultural values.
On top of that, Dubai allows opportunities to make money in a way no other country/city does.
And did I mention they have the tallest towers, the best malls and the the coolest cars ?

Such strict laws / lack of freedom of speech is a small price to pay for what you get in return, which is living in a dynamic city unlike any other.

Susan said...

Protecting rapists and jailing women who report them.

That's the kind of thing that "keeps a safe society"??

What planet are you from?

Tainted Female said...

I'm sorry Anonymous, I fail to see how anything you said has anything to do with this post...

I did however find your contradiction amusing.

"Some rules may seem ahrsh here, but they are necessary to keep a safe society. Thankfully Dubai is still much safer than most other majro cities due to strict laws aiming at preserving family and cultural values."

This case, and the many like this prove just how safe the UAE is... for rapists. And I can see exactly how punishing a young rape victim helps preserve family and cultural values.

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