Dubai Pardons Alleged Rape Victim Sentenced For Having Sex Out of Wedlock

130721220413-marte-deborah-dalelv-story-topAfter a global outcry, Dubai has pardoned Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison after she reported her alleged rape by a colleague. The police allegedly asked her if she was just complaining because she did not like it and she was eventually convicted of having unlawful sex, making a false statement and illegal consumption of alcohol. The case highlights the abusive Sharia laws applied to women and the continuing barriers to countries like Dubai as they try to attract greater tourism and investment.


Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ruled that Dalelv could leave the country.

Dalelv, a Qatar-based interior designer, was on a work trip to Dubai when she says that a colleague raped her at a hotel. The colleague also received a 13-month sentence — not for rape — but again violating the Sharia law against unlawful sex and drinking. Dalelv reportedly said the sex was consensual but changed her story. She says that it was a mistake and done on the advice of others due to the rigid Sharia laws in the country. She says that when she told the police that she had been raped, Dalelv says that the police responded “Are you sure you called the police because you just didn’t like it?”

The pardon is a welcomed change but the original problem remains. Dubai continues to modernize but cling to medieval laws that criminalize consensual conduct. These laws also deter rape victims who have to fear a second victimization in a criminal charge for unlawful sex or collateral Sharia or morality crimes.

Source: CNN

24 thoughts on “Dubai Pardons Alleged Rape Victim Sentenced For Having Sex Out of Wedlock”

  1. Darren,

    Blackberry has an app that does just that…. It warns of all of the possible dangers in various countries…… It seems they should know…….they, I believe are funded by the CIA…but what d I know….. You could ask Reagan or Bush Sr…..they wouldn’t recall……

    Well they did something right in granting her a pardon…..

  2. For those who haven’t heard the latest, Ms. Dalelv has been fired by her employer for “inappropriate behaviour” (re: being raped and reporting it).

    One has to wonder if there would have been such an uproar and outcry if the victim weren’t white and photogenic. A large number of non-white women from countries like Indonesia or the Philippines travelled to the middle east for work and end up raped, murdered or falsely accused of crimes and executed by beheading without a fair trial.

  3. When women start dying in America due to lack of low-cost women’s healthcare and lack of abortion facilities will our politicians relent if there is a “[After] a global outcry”? North Dakota just passed an abortion bill (unconstitutional on its face) with a 6 week time limit. It’s not good enough that there is only one clinic left in ND. Make no mistake, the Republican base which has been cultivated for the last 30 years is one and the same mindset with the rulers of Dubai, or Saudi Arabia, or Afghanistan or any other hell-hole for women we read about.

    One of my (Missouri) own legislators injected the statement that abortions to save the life of the mother was a “matter of convenience” into a lengthy Twitter rant yesterday. Don’t be distracted by this bit of news from Dubai. The real news is what’s happening right here in the US with the Republican plan to turn women into the Old Testament chattel and slaves they so desire.

  4. According to this article: “She [Marte Deborah Dalelv] says that when she told the police that she had been raped, Dalelv says that the police responded “Are you sure you called the police because you just didn’t like it?””

    In the annals of police crime records, has anyone EVER seen or heard of an instance in which a person called the police to report a rape just because the person didn’t like it?

    Me neither.

  5. BarkingDog had the correct answer, stay away and bar them from coming here.

  6. 1seekingjustice2013 “We have lots of work to do to make the world as safe for women and children as it is for men.”

    What do you mean “we”. Send you own kids to die fighting some forlorn war we have no business in. If UAE wants to act this way (along with all the other “enlightened” medieval islam countries), then our response should be to avoid them and boycott any products or services they provide.

    “We” get into so much trouble because we want the world to be just like us. Fooie on that. We have lost enough of our young ones fighting fights we have no business in.

  7. Well, golly, I sure am glad they finally pardoned this woman for being a RAPE VICTIM. Sheesh. And the killer about all this is that her sentence was longer than that of her rapist, whose greatest crimes were apparently “unlawful sex” and drinking. I guess because she’s the woman, you know, so her “unlawful sex” was worse…even though it was RAPE.

    Too bad, but I also see our usual anti-Muslim commenters here preaching on how horrible the religion is because of situations like this. I hasten to remind you, Islam is not the only religion in the name of which human atrocities have been and continue to be committed. And the good ol’ U.S. of A. still has a long way to go before it eliminates its own rape culture. No, we don’t sentence rape victims for having unlawful sex, but we also don’t do a very good job of convicting their rapists, or of not blaming them for what happened.

  8. Western women in these countries should probably get a list of safe havens to bypass the police in times of trouble. One’s embassy would be a start; perhaps there are NGO’s safe for women too. Just an idea; some of you may know more on this. So, did the guy get 13 months for having sex and alcohol? Pretty rough if no rape or violence occured; with no trial on the subject, its only a guess without proof. Aparently there are some places where it is ok to drink in Dubai, but I think you would violate that ‘priviledge’ by going anywhere else while intoxicated.

  9. Many of the commenters above address the issue of staying out of places like Dubai. I have been preaching on this blog for months about these Pirate Territories. I also outlined the BarkinDog Doctrine which states that geographic areas designated as Pirate Territories: should get no Aid; their so called citizens should be barred from entering the U.S.; Americans should be soundly warned not to travel there; businesses in America should be barred from trading with them; if you go near on water be in fear; if you fly over, flush twice.

    Political scientists and social commentators have addressed these geographic areas in the past: East of Corfu the Ten Commandments Don’t Apply; Beyond the Paletinate or Beyond the Pale. These humans that are Pirates are not all Muslims. All Muslims are not Pirates.

  10. Dubai is indeed special & comparing it to a lesser Las Vegas & saying you would never go there is ‘sour grapes’ for the men that said that. But as long as our own rogue nation ups the ante on Moslem sponsored terrorism, such as their involvement in 9/11, the Patriot Act, the NDA Act, Drones over Pakistan, the futile Iraq War, etc., our chances of getting Arabs to evolve & ‘be nice’ is greatly postponed & diminished. Involvement…? Sorry, I mean an inside job.

  11. Messed that up real good. Meant to say I’m sure she’ll spend the rest of her life being *grateful* for having been forgiven.

  12. ” These laws also deter rape victims who have to fear a second victimization in a criminal charge for unlawful sex”

    True. But don’t we see similar patterns in our own institutions where complaints of rape may lead to charges of drinking or fraternization in the military, or underage drinking or drug use in civilian life. Or consider the plight of sex workers trying to report rape.

    That does not suggest that we should not oppose the miss treatment of women in Dubai. Just that this kind of abuse shows up in many settings where relatively minor infractions are used as basis to ignore the crime of rape.

  13. So they pardoned her for being raped! Isn’t that special. Westerners stay our of Dubai! There is something really twisted there.

  14. I saw an ad touting luxury vacation travel in Dubai. And even if I could afford it, I want to go there why?

    Not in this lifetime.

  15. I would rather visit Antartica in winter than visit Dubai, which in weather and environment equals Las Vegas without the neon and tolerance.

  16. Governments in the western world should issue travel advisories for these countries to inform their citizens of the abuses against women there. I don’t know what is so compelling to make anyone want to be a tourist in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, or some of the others.

  17. Any country that disenfranchises 50% of its population in any way is neither free nor safe. We have lots of work to do to make the world as safe for women and children as it is for men.

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