Saturday, July 20, 2013

Norwegian Designer Marte Deborah Dalelv Sentenced to Prison for Being Raped in Dubai

In the United Arab Emirates, if a woman claims to have been raped, she must produce four male witnesses of the rape. If she can't, she has just admitted to having sex outside of marriage, and she will be imprisoned. Where did UAE lawmakers get the idea that accusations of sexual crimes can only be substantiated by the testimony of four male witnesses?

Qur'an 24:4—And those who accuse honourable women but bring not four witnesses, scourge them (with) eighty stripes and never (afterward) accept their testimony. They indeed are evil-doers.

Unfortunately, women who enter the country on business aren't informed that if they are raped, they are absolutely helpless before the law. Thus, rape victims go to police thinking that they will receive justice, not realizing that "justice" has a completely different meaning in Islam.

Marte Deborah Dalelv
BBC—A Norwegian woman has spoken out about the 16-month prison sentence she received in Dubai after reporting a rape incident to police.

Interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv was on a business trip in Dubai when she says she was raped.

The 24-year-old reported the March attack to the police but found herself charged with having extramarital sex, drinking alcohol, and perjury.

Convicted earlier this week, she says she is appealing against the verdict.

The appeal hearing is scheduled for early September.

Describing the sentence as "very harsh", she told the AFP news agency: "I am very nervous and tense. But I hope for the best and I take one day at a time. I just have to get through this."

The case has angered rights groups and the authorities in Norway.

Ms Dalelv says she had been on a night out with colleagues on 6 March when the rape took place.

She reported it to the police, who proceeded to confiscate her passport and seize her money. She was charged four days later on three counts, including having sex outside marriage.

Her alleged attacker, she said, received a 13-month sentence for extra-marital sex and alcohol consumption.

The Norwegian government had secured Ms Dalelv's conditional release so, since being charged, she has been living under the protection of the Norwegian Seamans' Centre in Dubai.

But she told Norway's NRK News that following her sentencing on Tuesday she was now officially wanted by the Dubai authorities.

"I should have been imprisoned since Tuesday," she said. "But I have been told they are not searching for me."

The sentence has been condemned by Norway's Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide who is quoted as saying that it "flies in the face of our notion of justice" and was "highly problematic from a human rights perspective".

The Norwegian authorities are reportedly trying to contact the authorities in Dubai about the situation.

The London-based Emirates Centre for Human Rights called on the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to which Dubai belongs, to quash Ms Dalelv's conviction.

It said the UAE's claims that it is attempting to end discrimination against women was undermined by a legal system that "prohibits the achievement of justice for cases of sexual violence against women".

According to the Emirates Centre for Human Rights, UAE law states a rape conviction can only be secured after a confession or as the result of testimony from four adult male witnesses to the crime. (Continue Reading.)

8 comments:

Cath Def said...

Westerners should undergo briefing especially women before they travel to Islamic states.

bob said...

“Woe to those judges who issue unrighteous decrees, and to the magistrates who cause unjust and oppressive decisions to be recorded, to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless. What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” Isaiah 10:1-3.

God stands in the assembly of the mighty; he judges among the gods(judges). How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy; deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.
They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations (the principles on which rests the administration of justice) of the earth are unstable. Psalm 82

Baron Eddie said...

I bet the rapist will be on the front cover of rolling stone trash

I think Western government are responsible for not posting warning

for women who travel to Islamic countries!

Thanks Mr. Wood to enlighten the crowds

about true Islamic teachings ...



E.Eliveld said...

Cath Def said:
"Westerners should undergo briefing especially women before they travel to Islamic states."

Westerners should not go to OIC shitholes in the first place.

So stupid is, stupid does.. as multiculturalists do

Colonel Phoenix said...

In India victim's statement is enough for conviction..
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/201212/rape-victims-testimony-sufficient-conviction.html

Gee said...

That is four MUSLIM men. Not just four men

João Domingos said...

FREEDOM TO MARS DEBORAH DALSELV ! DUBAI SHAME, SHAME ARAB EMIRATES LAW, LAWS SHAME MALE CHAUVINISM ANDOPPRESSIVE.

Brad Bernard said...

Marte Deborah Dalelv's rape case in Dubai is unfortunate. I used to live in the Middle East and can understand the Western outcry from those who do not understand Islamic Law. The pardon sounds like a great outcome for her under the circumstances. Everyone should use this example to learn about the consequences of remaining ignorant of local norms.

http://mywanderlist.com/2013/07/22/what-we-can-learn-about-marte-deborah-dalelvs-rape-case-in-dubai/