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23 February 2024

Teen boy groped by 'helpful' driver

By Eman Al Baik

A 51-year-old Pakistani driver allegedly groped a 16 year old student, who was being treated for obsessive compulsive disorder, after performing morning prayers, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

The Algerian boy, MB, used to perform morning prayer in a nearby mosque in Garhoud area. The relationship with the taxi driver started when the later offered to drop him back from the mosque to his home.

“One day, the driver offered to drop me back home. I told him there is no need for that as my home is very close and I pointed at my home. On another day, when the driver insisted on dropping me at home; I felt embarrassed and accepted the ride his car. We chatted about different matters until I reached my home. I got off the car and went home. In the following days, he continued dropping me home during which he kissed my cheeks in a strange way and groped my body after taking off my clothes.

“One day, my father saw me getting down from the car and asked me what I was doing with the man. When he insisted I told him what the driver did to me. He got upset and told me that this is forbidden,” the boy told the police.

The boy’s father, SB, 60, engineer lodged a complaint with the police who arrested the driver AK.

The father presented his son’s medical file and the medicine that he was taking to the Court.

The Court will give its verdict on February 27.