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25 February 2024

Minor charged for consensual sex

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By Staff

A 15-year-old girl appeared in court charged with consensual sex - although a forensics report found she was a virgin - after reporting she was molested by a bus driver.

In a report by The National, a Pakistani driver, NH, 23, is charged with having consensual sex with a minor.

He denies intercourse but admitted to having physical contact with the girl with her consent.

According to law, the age of consent is 14 and "consensual sex" includes sexual acts other than intercourse.

The Emirati girl, MK, has been referred to Dubai Juvenile Court because of her age.

According to court records, MK ran away from her grandfather's house in Hor al Anz area on August 15 last year, trying to reach her mother's home in Al Qusais.

She spent two days in a park and on the second day she met a man, and asked him whether he could give her a lift to Al Qusais.

The man told her that his friend, a bus driver, could help her and a few hours later introduced her to NH.

Prosecutors allege the driver stopped in a sandy car park near Dubai Police general headquarters and raped the girl while she was sleeping.

During investigations, MK said she did not wake up during the sexual encounter, but said she awakened to find herself undressed and the suspect standing over her.

She said NH drove them to a house, the location of which she was unsure, and brought her tablets he said would keep her from getting pregnant.

When MK arrived at her mother's house, she showed her the tablets and told her about the alleged incident. The mother took MK to Al Muraqqabat police station and filed a report.

According to the forensic report issued by the Dubai Police criminal laboratory, the girl was a virgin; however, the report also found traces of DNA evidence of sexual contact. And the medical examination showed signs of previous molestation.