Okay. It's not that it hasn't happened before. Someone has called the police because of a domestic disturbance and the police saw something the caller wished they hadn't, like drugs or weapons, and the caller ends up getting nabbed. It's not common, but it's not unheard of either. That's here, in the U.S.
But what about in Dubai, that desert oasis, the play land of the ultra rich and famous?
Amanda Williams of Mail Online wrote a smack in your face article about a shocking crime, and even more head-snapping recounting of a story that defies any sense whatsoever. It's called "Are You Sure You Didn't Call The Police Just Because You Didn't Like It?
That's what the Dubai police inquired before charging and jailing a woman reporting a rape.
For Norwegian businesswoman, Marte Deborah Dalelv, this was her nightmare. She was raped! For a crime that serious, you shouldn't hesitate to call the authorities. For heinous crimes like these, they're there to help. They're trained to provide much needed assistance in such cases. This has got be investigated and the victim needs compassion and attention.
Hopefully better than you get in Dubai.
Dalely. a businesswoman was dispatched to Dubai on a business trip. Not knowing the local language and a bit confused by the magnitude of the hotel she was put into, she asks a local co-worker to walk her to her room. She also had imbibed a few welcoming drinks and just wanted the added security of having someone she'd met assure she made it safely to her destination. The man walks her to a room,opened the door and she entered. Quickly she realized this was not her room. The man traps her in there where he proceeds to rape her. She ultimately gets free and goes to the police to report the assault. Instead of helping, the police end up humiliating her, then arresting her for having sex outside of her marriage. As a topper, as she's being incarcerated, she's accused of making a false report because as the police verbalized, she probably just did not enjoying the sex.
Ah, you can build all the modern buildings you want, Dubai, but you're still back a few hundred centuries when it comes to human rights.
Here's the victim's story:
Does it surprise you that she ended up getting a prison sentence longer than her attacker got? Some places on earth your only crime is being born a woman. The UAE, and Dubai in particular, are among those places.
I've heard of injustice and unfairness under the law. But isn't this just a step, or giant leap, too far?