Woman raped after a night out drinking, risks Dubai jail

Last Updated: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 13:11

London: A 24-year-old British woman risks prison in Dubai after she told the police that she was raped after a night out drinking with friends, a media report said.

If the woman`s account is not believed, she may face jail for drinking and having sex outside marriage, The Sun reported on Monday.

The accused man claims that she agreed to sleep with him.

The woman, however, said the man raped her after driving her into the desert.

She claims the man gave her a lift home after a night out drinking with friends at the Dubai Marina.

He is then alleged to have driven her to a remote area and attacked her, before taking her to her flat and raping her again.

"She told police she screamed and cried out begging him to stop during both attacks which were entirely against her will. She went straight to the nearest police station and reported the sex attack at 3.20 am the same day," a Dubai court source was quoted as saying.

The alleged assailant was tracked down with the help of his mobile number that the victim had saved when they were introduced earlier in the night.

"The case will be heard in full before a judge who will decide who is telling the truth, but the girl may face difficulties if her story is not believed. She is still regarded as the victim at this stage, though she has already admitted being drunk, which is itself an offence in Dubai.”

"And if the court finds in the man`s favour, she could face a charge of having unlawful sex as well which might land her in jail for a year followed by deportation," the source added.

IANS



First Published: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 13:11

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