UAE jails Brazilian 14 yr-old for `consensual sex` with Pak man

A 14-year-old Brazilian girl was sentenced to jail in Abu Dhabi then deportation for having had "consensual sex" with a Pakistani school bus driver, local newspapers said today.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 00:29 AM IST

Dubai: A 14-year-old Brazilian girl
was sentenced to jail in Abu Dhabi then deportation for having
had "consensual sex" with a Pakistani school bus driver, local
newspapers said today.

The girl was sentenced to six months after
prosecutors charged that she had "consensual sex" and had
arranged the meeting with the Pakistani man, citing what they
described as "erotic" text messages, the reports said.

"A 14-year-old girl who initially claimed she was
raped ... was yesterday (Tuesday) sentenced to six months in
prison followed by deportation," Gulf News reported.

The girl reportedly retracted the rape accusation
during a court hearing in late July, The National newspaper
said.

Gulf News also reported that the man, who it said
was a 25-year-old school bus driver from Pakistan, was
sentenced to a year in prison and will also be deported. The
National said the man was 28.

The girl`s lawyers had requested the Pakistani man
be accused of statutory rape, according to The National. In
many countries, the girl would have been too young by two to
four years to legally consent to sex.

But in the UAE, The National said, sex-related
offences are tried according to Sharia, or Islamic law, under
which defendants who have reached puberty are tried as adults.

Extra-marital sex is illegal in the United Arab
Emirates.

-PTI

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