Woman Freed After Being Arrested for 'Sex Outside of Marriage'
Police in Dubai told Norwegian woman she was free to go over the weekend, after she was imprisoned on charges of 'having sex outside of marriage' for reporting her alleged rape to police.
Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, claims she was raped in March by a co-worker during a business trip to Dubai and instead of officials advocating for her, she was arrested and sentenced to prison time for breaking the law in their Islamic-based legal system. Now, however, authorities have had a change of heart, pardoning Dalelv and dropping the 16-month sentence she'd previously received for the 'crime.'
Breaking her silence, Dalelv remarked on the painstaking ordeal, including the night it all began.
"I woke up and realized I was being raped," she said. "They asked me, 'are you sure you want to call the police?' ... And I thought, of course ... that's a natural reaction."
The young woman added that although she wanted to speak out earlier, she feared of the impact it would have.
"We were worried that [calling the press] would affect my case ... and they [would] make me as an example that in Dubai, you have our rules and you have to follow them."