Monday, 19 April 2010

British woman faces illegal sex charges in Dubai

A British woman risks being charged for breaching Dubai's strict decency laws after claiming she was raped after a drunken night out.

The 24-year-old claims an Arab man raped her after driving her into the desert.
But the alleged attacker, 30, claims the woman consented - and if his version is believed she could face prison for having sex outside marriage in the strict Muslim state.

A British woman claims she was raped by a man after a night out in Dubai. She says he attacked her after driving out into the desert and again in her flat
The man, 30, allegedly insisted on driving the trading company executive home after she had spent the night drinking with friends at the Dubai Marina in January.
After she accepted, he then allegedly drove her to a remote area and attacked her.
According to The Sun, the woman claims her attacker then drove her back to her flat where he raped her again on her bed.

A court source told the newspaper: '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 3.20am the same day.'

Police tracked down the alleged rapist, known as Saif, after the woman had saved his mobile number after they met during the night.

If a court was to find in the man's favour, the woman could face a charge of having unlawful sex, which could result in a jail term.

It is also an offence to be drunk in Dubai.

'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,' the source said.

'She is still regarded as the victim at this stage.'

The allegations follows a string of indecency cases against foreigners in Dubai.
A British pair caught kissing in public in Dubai were given month-long prison sentences after an Emirati mother complained her child had seen their indiscretion.
The pair, a British man living in Dubai and a female friend, were arrested in November on accusations of kissing and touching each other intimately in public and consuming alcohol, their lawyer said. They were sentenced to one month in prison.
In a high-profile case in 2008, a British couple narrowly escaped jail after a court found them guilty of engaging in drunken sexual activity out of wedlock, and for doing so in public on a beach.

They were sentenced to three months in prison followed by deportation, but had their jail terms overturned on appeal.

In a separate case this year, a British couple who shared a hotel room managed to escape trial in Dubai for having sex out of wedlock by producing a marriage certificate.

Now the Daily Mail is being slightly economical with the true again, what they have failed to mention anywhere in this controversial report is the fact that this law is Sharia Law, a law adhered to in all Islamic countries.

Now let's just examine exactly why this British woman is facing such charges.

Under Islamic law, rape can only be proven if the rapist confesses or if there are four male witnesses. Women who allege rape, without the benefit of the act having been witnessed by four men who subsequently develop a conscience, are actually confessing to having sex. If they or the accused happens to be married, then it is considered to be adultery. A woman's testimony is worth only half that of a man's in court.

Rape is virtually impossible to prove under Islamic law (Sharia) and even in more moderate countries. If the man claims that the act was consensual sex, there is very little that the woman can do to refute this. Islam places the burden of avoiding sexual encounters of any sort on the woman

If found guilty of "adultery" the woman will be executed, usually by stoning to death. Now if this will be the fate of the British woman, we just don't know.

This will never happen in Britain, will it?

Well, this is what our very own Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams had to say on the matter.

"Sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable".

Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.

According to the Telegraph in June 2009, there were 85 Sharia courts operating legally in the UK. Applying Islamic law to resolve domestic, marital and business disputes, many operating in mosques. But there is becoming a creeping acceptance of Sharia principles in British law, this is just the thin end of the wedge.

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