Why UAE women won't report crimes against them
Women in the UAE are unlikely to report a crime committed against them by a man, a new study commissioned by the Dubai Police has revealed.
According to the report, prepared by Dr Mohammed Murad Abdullah, Director, Centre for Decision Support at Dubai Police, 34.3 per cent of Emiratis polled will not inform the police about crimes that happen against them, and women are even more likely not to report crimes of men against them.
The study entitled ‘Violence against Women in the UAE’, showed that crimes committed against expatriates (non-UAE) are more likely to be reported.
The study was presented on Monday at a conference organised by the National Center for Statistics in Abu Dhabi. The conference will continue until Thursday.
The study listed the top 10 reasons for women not reporting crimes in the UAE based on its research and ground evidence.
Fear of contempt of society
Shame stemming from women's own vulnerability to attack
Fear of retaliation
Pressure from parents and family
Love and jealousy
No community acceptance, especially in cases involving a male friend
Nomadic and tribal traditions
Fear of further violence
Privacy, customs and traditions for Gulf women
The study also listed the most common forms of violence experienced by women.
These were listed as:
Sexual (Including rape and indecent assault)
Health (Preventing women from getting necessary healthcare)
Social (Denial of women's right to education or work or exercise)
Economic (Seizing wife's salary without her consent or force it to give up her rights)
Silence as a code of honour
The study revealed that honour was the prime reason for women not to report a crime.
The percentage of women polled in the study who said they would not report a crime because of honour was as high as 94.4 per cent.
Also among the crimes that do not go reported were crimes committed by servants, simple assault, defamation and insult and threats.
Over 2,000 respondents were involved in the study.
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