Woman Arrested in Dubai After Reporting She Was Raped
A 23-year-old British woman who made a rape complaint in Dubai has been arrested for having illegal sex with her fiance. The woman said she was raped by a waiter in a luxury hotel after celebrating her engagement to her 44-year-old boyfriend, the UK Guardian reports.
But when she reported the alleged rape to police in the Middle Eastern state she and her boyfriend were arrested for having sex outside marriage and illegal drinking outside licensed premises.
According to reports, the man had just proposed to the woman and she became a little tipsy (OK, a lot tipsy) and eventually lost consciousness in the women's bathroom of the Address hotel where the couple were staying.
The waiter is said to have followed her into the bathroom and raped her while she was in a semi-conscious state. Her fiance, unaware of the attack, took her to her room.
The next day, after realizing what had happened, the couple went to the Jebel Ali police station to report the crime.
Police began to question the couple about breaking the emirate's strict decency laws. Usual rape procedures were ignored and the woman was given a full medical check and a morning-after pill only after the intervention of British embassy staff, the paper reported.
Her attacker is believed to have denied rape, saying the woman, a British Muslim of Pakistani descent, consented, but he has also been charged with "illegal sex."
The couple are free on bail, but they're still in Dubai. They could face up to six years if found guilty of having sex outside marriage.