Norwegian Woman Jailed In Dubai After Reporting Rape

Norwegian Woman Jailed In Dubai After Reporting RapeNorwegian interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv has spoken out after being handed a 16-month prison sentence in Dubai — after she went to police to report she had been raped by a colleague. The 24-year-old, who had been working at an interior design firm in Qatar since September 2011, told CNN on Saturday how a work trip to Dubai in March with three colleagues turned into a nightmare.

‘Sexual assault’

She said she had been out at a bar with her colleagues and friends, and asked a male colleague to walk her to her room when they returned at 3 a.m. to the hotel. She’d asked him to escort her because the hotel was large and confusing, and she didn’t want to be wandering on her own, knowing she’d been drinking, she said. When they reached a room, she realized it wasn’t hers — but the man then pulled her inside despite her vocal objections, according to Dalelv.

That was pretty much the last thing she said she remembers before the alleged sexual assault.  After someone knocked — the hotel wake-up call — she managed to get dressed and make it downstairs to the hotel reception and call the police.


‘No explanations’

Some 10 or 12 male police officers arrived, but no female police officers were present, she said. Statements were taken from both Dalelv and the alleged rapist. She was then taken to Bur Dubai police station, she said. Dalelv says she was taken for an intimate medical exam and tested for alcohol consumption. Her belongings were taken and she was kept in jail for four days, she said, with no explanation as to why.

Subsequently, she said her manager advised her to tell the police it was voluntary sexual intercourse and likely the whole issue would just go away. She followed the advice and in one of the many hearings at the public prosecutor’s office, she made a statement saying it was voluntary. Dalelv was then charged with making a false statement.

Dalelv was convicted Tuesday on all three charges and was sentenced to one year in jail for having unlawful sex, three months in jail for making a false statement and one month for illegal consumption of alcohol.

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Source: Nicola Goulding and Phil O’Sullivan | CNN

Image: Huffington Post

7 Arrested In Another Gang Rape Case In India

7 Arrested In Another Gang Rape Case In IndiaIn an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night. Police have arrested all seven suspects, including the bus driver, after the alleged Friday night attack in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab state.

‘They threatened me’

Just like a gang rape in New Delhi that sparked international outrage last month, the new attack occurred after the woman got on a bus. The bus sped past her stop, police said. By that time, the woman was the only passenger. The bus driver and his helper then took the married 29-year-old woman to an undisclosed address where five others joined the two men and raped her throughout the night, police said.

“They threatened me with a sharp edged weapon and did wrong things with me,” the victim told CNN’s sister station, CNN-IBN. “They kept me confined all through the night and forced me to do what they want.”


‘Cultural stigma’

The next day, the suspects dropped her off at her village, where she informed her family and alerted police, according to authorities.

The alleged attack bears a similarity to a December 16 gang rape where attackers assaulted a woman after she boarded a bus. The men also brutally beat her and her male companion, robbed them of their belongings and later dumped them by the side of a road. The badly beaten 23-year-old woman was flown to Singapore for treatment after the attack. She died about two weeks later while undergoing treatment.

The number of reported rapes in India — a country where a cultural stigma keeps many victims from reporting the crime — has increased drastically, from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011, according to official figures.

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Source: Faith Karimi and Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

Image: The Guardian