Gang raped UAE woman charged with 'illegal sex'

The six men accused are on trial for rape, while woman is also in custody.
Gang raped UAE woman charged with 'illegal sex'
RAPED CHARGED: UAE authorities have charged an 18 year old Emirati woman with having extra marital sex after she was gang raped by six men, who are also facing rape charges. (Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
Tue 18 May 2010 07:19 PM

An 18 year old woman from the UAE has been charged with having extra marital sex after reporting a gang rape by six men, government owned The National newspaper reported.

The woman, who went for a car ride with a male friend May 2 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, accuses him and five other men of raping her, said the daily, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government.

Prosecutors say the woman first had consensual sex with her friend, the paper reported, citing testimony yesterday at the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court.

UAE authorities have charged her with violating the Islamic prohibition on sexual relations between unmarried men and women, The National said. The six men are on trial for rape. The raped woman is being held in custody, the paper said.

A woman who was gang raped in Saudi Arabia in 2006 by seven men was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail for breaching privacy laws by meeting with an unrelated man.

In February, a British tourist dropped allegations that she was raped by an employee of a luxury hotel in Dubai in order to avoid prison and return home, The Sun newspaper reported.

The 23 year old, of Pakistani origin, signed a paper withdrawing the claim in return for the police dropping charges of unlawful extramarital sex and illegal alcohol consumption against her and her 44 year old fiancée, the UK daily said.

The woman spent two days in jail after reporting the rape on New Year’s Day.

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