Dutch woman in Qatar charged with adultery after reporting she was raped

Women from Europe and America who may be thinking of traveling to Qatar to attend the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament should be forewarned; if you are sexually assaulted, don't look for help from the police. Worse, you are likely to be arrested yourself and charged with "adultery."

BBC:

The 22-year-old, who was on holiday, was drugged in a Doha hotel and woke up in an unfamiliar flat, where she realised she had been raped, her lawyer says.

She was arrested in March on suspicion of having sex outside of marriage. She is due to appear in court on Monday.

The alleged rapist is also being held, but says the sex had been consensual.

A Dutch foreign ministry spokeswoman said the woman, who she named as Laura, had been arrested but not yet been charged.

"We have provided assistance to her since the first day of detention. For the sake of the defendant's case we will not make further comments at this point," the Dutch embassy said in a statement.

The woman had gone dancing at a hotel in Doha where alcohol was allowed, "but when she returned to the table after the first sip of her drink... she felt very unwell" and realised she had been drugged, her lawyer Brian Lokollo told Dutch broadcaster NOS-Radio1.

Her next memory was waking up in an unfamiliar apartment where she "realised to her great horror that she had been raped," Mr Lokollo added.

The woman may also be charged with an alcohol-related offence, news website Doha News reported.

It is an offence to drink alcohol or be drunk in public in Qatar, although alcohol is allowed at certain hotels and expatriates can obtain a permit for purchasing alcohol.

In 2013, a Norwegian woman in neighbouring United Arab Emirates was given a 16-month prison sentence for perjury, extramarital sex and drinking alcohol after she told police she had been raped.

She was later pardoned and allowed to return to Norway.

It's useless to look for logic or reason when it comes to the concept of "Islamic justice." As appalling as this is, imagine what Arab women are forced to endure at the hands of some of these beasts. They know better than to go to the authorities to report an attack.

The PC European governments won't publicize this incident nor are they likely to issue guidelines to women who are assaulted during the World Cup. What would they say? Don't get raped because the benighted 12th century peasants will arrest you as if it were your fault?

As often as we read about other women who have similarly been mistreated by authorities, one can scarcely believe we are living in the 21st century.

Women from Europe and America who may be thinking of traveling to Qatar to attend the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament should be forewarned; if you are sexually assaulted, don't look for help from the police. Worse, you are likely to be arrested yourself and charged with "adultery."

BBC:

The 22-year-old, who was on holiday, was drugged in a Doha hotel and woke up in an unfamiliar flat, where she realised she had been raped, her lawyer says.

She was arrested in March on suspicion of having sex outside of marriage. She is due to appear in court on Monday.

The alleged rapist is also being held, but says the sex had been consensual.

A Dutch foreign ministry spokeswoman said the woman, who she named as Laura, had been arrested but not yet been charged.

"We have provided assistance to her since the first day of detention. For the sake of the defendant's case we will not make further comments at this point," the Dutch embassy said in a statement.

The woman had gone dancing at a hotel in Doha where alcohol was allowed, "but when she returned to the table after the first sip of her drink... she felt very unwell" and realised she had been drugged, her lawyer Brian Lokollo told Dutch broadcaster NOS-Radio1.

Her next memory was waking up in an unfamiliar apartment where she "realised to her great horror that she had been raped," Mr Lokollo added.

The woman may also be charged with an alcohol-related offence, news website Doha News reported.

It is an offence to drink alcohol or be drunk in public in Qatar, although alcohol is allowed at certain hotels and expatriates can obtain a permit for purchasing alcohol.

In 2013, a Norwegian woman in neighbouring United Arab Emirates was given a 16-month prison sentence for perjury, extramarital sex and drinking alcohol after she told police she had been raped.

She was later pardoned and allowed to return to Norway.

It's useless to look for logic or reason when it comes to the concept of "Islamic justice." As appalling as this is, imagine what Arab women are forced to endure at the hands of some of these beasts. They know better than to go to the authorities to report an attack.

The PC European governments won't publicize this incident nor are they likely to issue guidelines to women who are assaulted during the World Cup. What would they say? Don't get raped because the benighted 12th century peasants will arrest you as if it were your fault?

As often as we read about other women who have similarly been mistreated by authorities, one can scarcely believe we are living in the 21st century.