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05 December 2023

UK media under fire over Briton’s attempted rape

By Staff

Dubai’s police commander has slammed UK newspapers over what he described their exaggerated reaction to the attempted rape of a British woman in the emirate, saying the police did their best to seize the man.

Lt General Dahi Khalfan Al Tamim was reacting to British reports about the attempt by an Afghan man to rape a British woman behind the police academy in Safouh area in the emirate. The woman escaped the rape and the man was caught by police within two weeks from the incident.

“The reaction in the British media to this incident was exaggerated because such crimes happen every where…besides, Dubai police seized the criminal despite the scant information about him,” he said.

“We do understand the psychological ordeal that woman had been through and we did our best to look after her…we fully performed our duty and there was no reason to deal with Dubai this way,”

Tamim said while the would be rapist had been caught in Dubai, many women are raped in Britain but “no one cares for their ordeal.”

“There were some reasons for this rape incident in Dubai, mainly that the woman was present in a deserted area at night, which tempted that man….but it remains an individual case as millions of people visit Dubai every year and can enjoy security and tranquillity.”

Tamim said rape incidents in Dubai remained too low compared to its population, with 15 cases recorded in 2011. “This means the rape ratio in Dubai was 0.4 to every 100,000 persons.”