UAE father expresses concern over ‘adulterous’ teen daughter’s fate

April 15th, 2011 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Abu Dhabi, Apr 15 (ANI): The father of a 14-year-old girl has expressed concern over his daughter’s future after she was asked to appear before an Ajman court on a adultery charge.

Gulf News quoted court sources as saying that her case will be taken up despite the fact that the minimum age of suspects in crimes related to sex in the UAE is15 years.

“The trial will start in spite of the age ceiling set for trials on sexual related crimes by the UAE law,” he said.

Another law expert said: “The law states that the minimum age of suspects in crimes related to sex must be 15 years. Such cases should be conducted in special juvenile courts. Otherwise, suspects are considered victims rather than suspects.”

The teenage girl was charged with adultery after being caught meeting with her 25-year-old boyfriend on the roof top of her building. She was reportedly locked up for over two weeks at the Ajman central jail with older women before being transferred to a juvenile centre in Sharjah.

The distressed father said his daughter, who is in grade nine, has been denied bail.

“I did not inform the school about the incident. I did not tell her brothers too. They believe that she went to stay with her aunt in Abu Dhabi for sometime,” the sobbing father said.

“The case of my daughter was referred to public prosecutors, who refused to bail her out despite the fact that we offered to keep more than 10 passports as security to bail her out,” he added.

Earlier, her father had also claimed that his accused daughter was referred to a gynaecologist for a virginity test.

Her boyfriend was later arrested at a Dubai bar. (ANI)

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