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Norwegian Woman and Rapist Get Sentences in Dubai

Updated on July 20, 2013
The rape victim in Dubai
The rape victim in Dubai

The city of Dubai is one of the world's most beautiful and modern looking city built out of desert. It is a place that foreigners actually outnumber those natives. Dubai would not even exist if it not were for the foreign workers and corporate investment. So, it would seem, that a more western legal system might prevail, however, that is not the case.

The legal system in the UAE is governed by Islamic law, which to most in the West and Europe, means anti-woman in many customs. Any woman going there to work or live ought to be careful. So, when Marte Dalelv, a 24-year old Norwegian interior designer, went there on assignment in Qatar in 2011 to work, little did she ever think trouble came in doubles.

During one office meeting in Dubai, a coworker attacked her and sexually penetrated her. The native was drunk. This was in March, 2013. After the incident, she ran for help into the hotel lobby and called for police. The hotel staff hesitated and asked, " Are you sure you want to call the police"? She responded bewilderedly, " Of course, that is what I want to. That is what we do in Norway". The staff looked at one another, and reluctantly called them.

The police arrived and did the usual investigative duties including giving her a medical exam for evidence of rape and alcohol tests. The latter are standard tests because public intoxication is a crime in Dubai. She was held in jail for four days for having sex out of wedlock.

When the case was presented to the court there, the decision given was so bizarre for a person from the West to understand. She received a 16 month jail term for having sex outside marriage, even though, she was raped against her will. The man received a 13 month sentence for out of wedlock sex and alcohol intoxication. After the police held her for two hours, the investigator as her why she called the police. Marte was dumbfounded. Then the investigator asked, " Did you not like it?". Shocked, Marte then knew why the hotel staff asked her about calling the police. Rape is okay in Dubai.

How did the Court ever come to the sentence for the woman? It makes no sense, whatsoever, because the man attacked her, raped her by force against her will. Why would the Dubai court sentence the victim who had no choice? What happened to the rape charge against the man? Is the Court saying no rape occurred or that what the man did was okay under Islamic law? Are they saying that foreigners should expect to attract Arab men and submit to them? The charge given to the woman is bogus, she was not married, the rapist was. Why does the man receive a lesser sentence, he is the attacker?

The simple answer is Islamic law. No woman has many rights under it.


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      royblizzard 4 years ago from Austin / Leander, Texas

      This is just another unfortunate example of why all non-Islamic people need to be taught about the dangers of the Islamic mindset. Islam is not some peaceful religion, but a warped, socio-political entity with tremendous political clout seeking to make the world its own ideal Islamic society. Islam is dangerous and America needs to follow the lead of Japan when it comes to dealing with this movement. Get rid of it from our midst.

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      kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Their reasoning (not that it makes any sense from Western perspective) is that any woman who got herself into a situation that allowed herself to be raped, such as going out without her "man" (if unmarried, father or brother) and participating in alcohol parties, deserves the blame for being a "slut".

      IMHO there is no such thing as "non-consensual sex" in Shariah law. If the woman is not protected by relative, it's reasoned to be that it's her choice not to do so, and thus, blame's on her for sex, consensual or not.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      Different cultures and ways of thinking. so, "when in rome, do as the romans do". Women should be very careful when visiting islamic countries.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Women are not people in Islamic law, they are property. Can't figure out how come so many western women are marrying into this kind of life.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Nice post Perrya, Islam is no doubt an anachronism in the modern world. But can you explain why it is the fastest growing religion in the USA ? also in the world?

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      perrya 4 years ago

      Have no idea. But, I find it hard to believe it is popular in the US. What kind of stats do you have that it is so?

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi perrya. Go through the following links

      This was a surprise to me as well


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      kschang 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Islam is a broad umbrella that covers plenty of sects. We're only familiar with the two main sects: Shiite, and Sunni, but there are plenty of subsects as well as "infidel" sects that believe there are prophets since Prophet Mohamed. There are also secular sects that believe in female rights, wahabists (mostly Saudi Arabia), Taliban and other fundamentalist Islamic sects, and every shade in between.

      So when you say Islam, you don't really know which sect you're talking about. :) Yes, they could be the fastest growing religion, but they started out in the minority.

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