Indian men charged with molestation not rape of Indian girl in Dubai

February 28th, 2011 - 1:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Feb 28 (ANI): The three men, a bus driver, a supervisor and his assistant, who had been accused of raping a four-year-old Indian girl in Dubai, have now been charged with sexually molesting her.

Dubai Attorney General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan said the investigation revealed that the three suspects did not rape the girl, but that they had molested her.

“The suspects have been charged with sexually molesting the girl and referred to the Dubai Court of First Instance,” Gulf News quoted Humaidan as saying.

“The suspects breached the modesty of the schoolgirl and molested her after they groped her private parts. There was no rape.

“Based on the investigations which were conducted by Chief Prosecutor Sami Al Shamsi, Head of Bur Dubai Prosecution, and prosecutor Ahmad Al Attar and Dubai Police’s forensic reports, the girl was not raped but she was molested,” he stated.

Al Attar said that the investigations were about to conclude and a decision to refer the case to court would be taken soon. He also denied that the case was dismissed and that the charges were dropped.

A source said that a hearing would be scheduled soon.

Al Humaidan said the suspects sexually assaulted the girl, who was asleep in the bus, while driving her back home from school,

Prosecutors requested the court to implement articles 44, 121 and 356 of the Federal Penal Law. Article 356 stipulates that a suspect who has consensual sex with another partner faces minimum one year in jail.

If the same crime is committed forcefully or against a male or female under the age of 14, a temporary imprisonment of 3-15 years will be handed out to the defendant. (ANI)

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