Friday, January 20, 2006

Rape cases :: Gulf News
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November: Court of First Instance started investigating the case of four Gulf nationals who stormed into a flat rented by a number of Filipinas, assaulting and raping one of them and stealing their mobiles and money.

October: Court of First Instance started investigating the case of six UAE nationals, aged between 19-21, for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 23-year-old British woman in a deserted area. Court of Appeal confirms a year's imprisonment against two nationals for molesting an Arab female student in a 4X4 vehicle.

September: Juveniles' Court placed two national teenagers under rehabilitation for kidnapping and raping a 23-year-old Uzbek female. Court of First Instance placed five teenagers under legal supervision for kidnapping, raping and sexually molesting a 15-year-old boy.

July: Court of Appeal confirmed a five-year jail term against three nationals for kidnapping a Russian female on the street and raping her in a remote area.


Aren't these sentences rather light?

Shouldn't the nationals involved be named? That would have a substantial deterrent effect. It is unavoidable that we are weighing the chance that an innocent man will be named against the rights of the victim. Why is it that the protection of the man's reputation is put ahead of the protection of women from this heinous crime?


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