A 25-year-old female British tourist in Dubai ended up being charged for engaging in “extra-marital sex” after she went to a police station to report that she had been raped by two men from the UK.
The victim was instead accused of breaching the United Arab Emirates' law which forbids sex outside of marriage. If found guilty, she could be jailed, deported, flogged, or even stoned to death.
"The woman was previously detained but she is now out on bail. However, the authorities have confiscated her passport and she is not allowed to leave. She now needs £24,000 (around P1,471,883) for legal fees," reports The Sun.
Meanwhile, the woman's attackers were able to fly back to the UK about five hours after the incident. The reports don't give additional details of how the suspects managed to escape easily.
Radha Stirling—the founder and director of the UK-based group Detained in Dubai campaign group—told Independent: "Police regularly fail to differentiate between consensual intercourse and violent rape. Victims go to them expecting justice, and end up being prosecuted. They not only invalidate their victimisation, they actually punish them for it."
The victim's family is aware of her predicament. However, her mother told The Sun that they "haven’t been getting help anywhere."