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Emirati woman arrested for being raped 18, May 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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In a horrific story usually confined to the Saudi justice system, an 18 year old Emirati has been charged with having sex outside of marriage after she reported that she was raped by six men. Seemingly, the fact that she was in a car with another man was enough for the psychic judge to decree that she was there to have sex with him. He seems not to care whatsoever about the other five men.

I am sure that this will not stand. Someone from on high either with a conscience or a sense of decency or after looking at the negative press coverage will make sure that this woman does not go to jail. This, though, is hardly the point. Once again the seedier, backward if not barbaric side of life on the Arabian Peninsula takes the headlines over the glitz and the glamor. At least on this occasion – surely – no Emirati can possibly counter that the Western press are ‘picking unfairly’ on the Emirates, their usual response to any news story that is less that wholly positive.

Praise must go to The National. I am sure that it must have been a tricky decision whether or not to print this story, especially being as the case is in Abu Dhabi itself.

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