Defendant walked into police station and alleged 12 men had gang-raped her but then retracted claim
Dubai: A woman visitor, who was found to be a prostitute after she falsely reported that 12 men had gang-raped and then retracted that claim, has been jailed for three months.
The 29-year-old Pakistani visitor walked into a police station and told a duty officer that 12 men had gang-raped her in a flat at Dubai International City in April.
Following thorough police investigation, the woman retracted her rape claims and admitted that she had consensual sex with three clients who didn’t pay her.
Then the woman guided the police to the house of one of the men, who was apprehended. Two other men were arrested after the first man guided them to their home at Dubai International City.
On Thursday, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the woman of working in prostitution.
Presiding judge Urfan Omar said the accused, who pleaded not guilty, will be deported.
When she defended herself in court she contended that she is a victim.
“A person promised to help me find a good job with good salary … but he tricked me. He coerced me to work in the sex trade,” she told the court.
She asked the court for mercy and leniency alleging that her son suffers from Leukaemia.
Records showed that the Dubai Misdemeanours Court sentenced the three men, who had sex with the woman, for two months in jail each followed by deportation.
The Misdemeanours Court jailed the woman for two months for falsely reporting to the police that she was raped. She was also handed a deportation order.
A police sergeant testified that the defendant gave a suspicious claim that she had been gang-raped by 12 unknown men in a flat.
“Following extensive investigation, she admitted that she had fabricated the gang-rape claim. She retracted her statement and claimed that she worked as a prostitute for a person, who brought three men to her to have paid sex with her. She said she had sex with the men … then they put her in a taxi and told her to go without paying her, she falsely reported that she was gang-raped. We apprehended the trio after that,” he said.
Thursday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.