A 25-year old British woman was gang-raped by a group of men, who filmed the incident. When the woman reported the crime to authorities, she was arrested and her passport was confiscated. The men were allowed to go free.
The UK-based Detained in Dubai campaign group said she has been released on bail but had her passport confiscated, meaning she cannot leave the country, and could face trial for offences with punishments including jail, deportation, flogging and stoning to death.
The group is in contact with the woman’s family, who claim the two men took it in terms to rape her while filming the attack at a hotel.
The woman did what was logical. Something very bad happened to her and she reported it to the authorities. Unfortunately, the law in UAE is incredibly anti-woman. It doesn’t matter how you had sex outside of marriage. The moment you admit that the act occurred (consensual or not), you have admitted to a crime.
(There are ways around this involving male witnesses that are basically impossible standards to meet).
This is why I’m terrified to go to some countries and wrote about it here. In there, I detail more incidents that happened in Dubai and other areas around the world.
In the United States, I know that terrible things can happen to me. But I know that for whatever has or will happen to me, I am not actively punished by the government for it.
There are few things that scare me more than rape. And the #1 thing that frightens me the most is losing my liberty. Yes, even more than death.
I cannot imagine the fear and pain this woman is feeling. She had something terrible happen to her and is facing something awful because of it.
If I traveled to Dubai and something very bad happened to me, I would need to make absolutely sure no one found out so that nothing worse would happen to me. This is not a situation I would ever want to face.