A 25-year-old British woman on vacation in Dubai was arrested for extra-marital sex after reporting to police that she was gang raped.
The woman, who remains unnamed while the investigation ensues, says she was attacked and raped by two British men while touring the Emirate nation. When she reported the event to Dubai police at a nearby train station, she was allegedly arrested for breaking Dubai laws which are strictly against extra-marital sex, the Independent reports.
While the victim was released on bail, Dubai authorities confiscated her passport, barring her from leaving the country. The woman may face legal repercussions, which could result in imprisonment, deportation and even flogging or stoning to death.
Yet another disturbing case in Dubai: British woman arrested for ‘extra-marital sex’ after reporting gang rape https://t.co/6lkTbNSDif
— Lizzie Dearden (@lizziedearden) November 16, 2016
This is not the first time that British tourists encountered such atrocities while visiting Dubai.
A 24-year-old woman reported being raped by a Syrian waiter in her hotel bathroom while on vacation with her boyfriend in 2010. When the woman filed a formal police complaint, she was arrested, along with her boyfriend, for having sex outside of wedlock and for illegally drinking alcohol without an alcohol license.
Another 24-year-old woman, Norwegian-born Marte Deborah Dalelv, was charged with perjury, extra-marital sex and illegal alcohol consumption after she reported she was raped in March of 2013. Dalelv got 16 months in prison for these charges, and was only released after worldwide scrutiny pressured Dubai officials to let her go.
Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a coalition of seven nations that comprise the Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast, which has a history of imprisoning women for being victims of rape and sexual violence.
Every year, researchers estimate that hundreds of women, some pregnant or shackled in servitude, are imprisoned in the UAE under laws that outlaw sex outside of marriage, the Guardian reports.
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