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23 April 2024

2-year jail for 200 calls: Young soldier jailed for harassing woman

By Eman Al Baik

An Emirati soldier, whose marriage proposal was rejected by a woman, was sentenced to two years in prison for harassing her continuously by chasing her in a car on Dubai roads and making mobile phone calls and sending SMS messages.

According to the records, the convict, MM, 21, even stuck a paper on the door of her house, claiming to have a relationship with her and that her undergarment is with him.

The 24-year-old woman, SD, told investigators that she had refused to marry MM when he visited her house to meet her parents with a marriage proposal.

 “After I rejected him, he started chasing me on Dubai’s roads when I was going to or returning from office. I used to see him around my house and also when I went out of my office. He used to call me about 200 times a day and send SMS but I ignored him. He threatened that he will not allow me to marry anyone else unless I married him.

“One day, he stopped his car in a dangerous way in front of my car in Al Quoz. He tried to open my car’s right door, but I managed to reverse and leave the place, heading to Bur Dubai Police Station where I lodged a complaint.

“Police took his finger prints from my car. Police asked him to give an undertaking that he would not tease or chase me, but he never complied with it. He continued to chase me and one day he sent me a picture of a phrase he wrote on a piece of paper and threatened to stick it on the door of my house.

“In the sentence, he claimed that I had an illicit relationship with him and that he possessed my underwear. On the next day, he stuck the paper on the door.

“My sister’s husband got out and saw the paper on the door. I took it and went to the police station to lodge a complaint,” the victim told investigators.

A police officer testified that MM had admitted annoying and chasing the woman who had refused to marry him and that he had given an undertaking to stop harassing her. Police retrieved all the messages that the accused had sent her.