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Just saw this today on Yahoo. "Dubai Pardons Woman at Center of Rape Dispute." Thought you may like to take a look. Link for full article is below.
As a American female, I find Marte Deborah Dalel's account horrifying. I know that a case like this would not be handled in such a way in the United States. This said, one must take into account the laws of the United Arab Emirates. The United States Bureau of Consular Affairs offers female travelers the following warning:
Female travelers should keep in mind the cultural differences among the many people who coexist in the UAE and should be cognizant that unwitting actions may invite unwanted attention.
The site also warns about consumption of alcohol stating that one is only able to consume it under a permit granted by the Ministry of Interior. The site also warns that fraud is "regarded seriously" in UAE. One cannot use ignorance of law as an excuse.
All this said, I cannot help but feel sorry for Dalel. Not only was she raped, she was imprisoned, questioned by only male officers, held without explanation, and charged with numerous charges.
In my opinion, she she be provided with a liaison from the Norwegian Embassy to help her face the charges brought against her. Unfortunately, given the strict UAE laws, she may not have a chance.
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