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Dubai Rape Case Update (Two)

In another tiny little article, but high up on page 3 of the Kuwait Times is:

UAE Court Upholds Verdict in Rape Case
Dubai: An appeals court in the United Arab Emirates yesterday upheld 15 year jail terms handed down against two Emiratis convicted of raping a French-Swiss teenager, and AFP journalist said. The judge in Dubai took just a few seconds to announce his ruling after proceedings opened. The defense wanted the sentences pronounced on December 12 to be quashed, and a lawyer for the two men told AFP after Sunday’s ruling that a further appeal would be lodged with the supreme court. Prosecutors had demanded the maximum punishment, which could have meant the death penalty. A third defendant is being tried in a juvenile court. One of the men who raped the European teenager was HIV-positive, but has since been found to be clear of the sexually transmittable disease. The boy’s mother, Veronique Robert, launched a media campaign to publicize the case and gather support for her demand that the UAE recognize homosexual rape in its legal system and set up institutions to treat AIDs sufferers. She protested against the original verdict, saying that “15 years is nothing for someone who knew he had AIDs.”

Comment: Did you read this sentence?:

One of the men who raped the European teenager was HIV-positive, but has since been found to be clear of the sexually transmittable disease.

Can you tell me who has been found to be clear of the disease? One of the men? The teenager?

Comment 2: Bravo, UAE judges!

February 18, 2008 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Just Bad English, Living Conditions, Mating Behavior, Political Issues | , ,


  1. I like this judgement!!! there is still law n order in this world!

    Comment by Amu | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  2. I agree, Amu, this was a very brave decision. No one likes airing dirty laundry in public, and I can only guess that the UAE has made a serious policy decision to go forth with these cases even though they cause embarassment. I find that very brave.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  3. My understanding of the sentence is that the teenage boy was cleared of AIDS, thank God. The sentence itself isn’t clear but the mother’s statements about the rapist knowing he had AIDS makes me think that the offender really does have AIDS.

    In my opinion this is not what rapists deserve. I think rapists easily deserve capital punishment. Moreover, a rapist who knew he had AIDS? Isn’t that akin to attempted murder? What’s the difference, the victim dies slower if he contracts the disease than if he were actually murdered?

    I think that if you’re really going to set an example against rapists, gay or otherwise, execution should be the punishment. I can’t imagine how horrific rape must be for a man and I am sure it’s a traumatizing experience. But I’ll be honest I fear more for the chastice young ladies/little girls. I really think rapists should get capital punishment.

    Comment by 7zaya | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  4. i just realized this entry is under ‘mating behavior’ lol!! hilariousff!!! if i didnt know better, id think you were an anthropologist. are u??

    criminals should not be empathized with…they should be embarrassed among other things as well!

    i did not like the ruling. i think rapists/molesters should have a waist box filled with rabid rats tied to their torso for a couple of days. if they come out of it alive, then it is the will of allah. blasph.

    Comment by Mrm | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  5. 7zaya, what do you think it does to a male when he is raped? Just as female victims torment themselves with blame about what they should have done or should not have done, male victims have serious crises over just how male they really are? Did the rapist see something feminine in them? It causes all kinds of horrible problems for males as well as females. Many males NEVER tell a soul, but live with the tragedy.

    Mrm – Very observant, the tag. Sometimes I can’t resist a hint of humor. No, I am not an anthropologist, but human behavior fascinates me. Maybe it’s part of a survival instinct? My guess is the rapists had probably done this before. My guess is that they rape guys because girls are not available to them. Therefore the tag.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  6. Yes and I do believe it has to be one of the most traumatizing experiences that any one, male or female, could endure. The reason I mentioned chaste girls (the word chastise was incorrect)is that their first experience of that sort would be forever tainted. And it’s also an issue of honor here, especially when it comes to women. It’s not just an issue of violence, it goes past that. That’s why I imagine it to be worse for chaste women than for any other women or any men at all. Still, I believe no matter who the victim is, I personally would feel better and safer if capital punishment was served.

    Comment by 7zaya | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  7. 7zaya – you make a good point. Here is the problem. Rape may be kind of hardwired into the operating system, it may be testosterone related and opportunity related. This goes to an earlier conversation about the thin veneer of civilization. How do we teach ourselves self-restraint? How much harder is it to maintain self-restraint when none of the normal rules seem to apply – like in war? Rape in war is nothing new; it is exactly the weapon you are talking about where it is used to DIS-honor the conquered, it is like male tom cats spraying to mark their territory, it is a weapon of humiliation.

    Male or female, rape is inflicted, it is a crime of POWER. The victim is dehumanized and the victim’s worst fear, in every case, is “will I live?” Chaste women may suffer intense shame and feel dishonored, and at the same time, any rape victim will feel humiliated and outraged at the powerlessness of the situation. It is an equal-opportunity weapon of humiliation.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  8. What is so poignant is to see commentators speak of male rape without alluding to women who rape men. Yes, this is happening in the corporate space where many a alpha female bosses have raped and re-raped male subordinates happiness and mental peace. It is difficult to gauge whether emotional rape alone is much less traumatic than the physical kind which embodies an aspect of psychological trauma within itself. Further and more, physical rape although far fetched, can happn in a conjugal relationship between a feisty woman and her un-willing male partner.
    At the end of the day rape is rape and there’s no two ways about how the aggrieved party is

    Comment by anonymous | March 2, 2008 | Reply

  9. typo – …… the end of the day rape is rape and there’s no two ways about who is the aggrieved party.

    Comment by anonymous | March 2, 2008 | Reply

  10. Anonymous – Commentators? – you mean me? I fully believe women are aggressive, and can sexually harass men, and at the same time I can only imagine that a woman actually physically raping a man would be rare, and difficult. Psychological rape, yes, harassment, yes . . . I am not saying your are wrong, I am saying physical rape of a man by a woman must be very rare, just by the nature of the way things work . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 2, 2008 | Reply

  11. gosh…sad!!!!

    Comment by sasas | June 21, 2008 | Reply

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