Tourist Couple Arrested In Dubai For Indulging In Pre-marital Sex!
A tourist couple, who paid a visit to Dubai have been allegedly arrested on the basis of pre-marital sex after a doctor confirmed that the lady was pregnant.
Iryna Nohai, 27, and Emlyn Culverwell, 29, were enjoying their sunny break in the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates when Iryna started experiencing stomach cramps.
Emlyn, who is originally from South Africa, took his fiancé – a Ukranian, to a local hospital where a doctor examined her.
After carrying out some tests and checking her vital signs, the doctor discovered that the young lady was pregnant for a man she wasn’t married to.
The doctor quickly notified the UAE authorities informing them he had pre-marital sex offenders in his hospital. While Iryna lay in the hospital bed to recover, the police came in and bundled her alongside her fiance.
The case was handed over to the police who detained the couple for having sex before marriage, which is listed as a criminal offense in the United Arab Emirates.
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Emlyn’s mother, Linda said both families have been desperately searching for answers as to what happens next and while their children were kept in detention.
Speaking to Netwek24, she said: “Every time we try to get information, it feels as though I’m hitting a brick wall. “We don’t even know if they have legal representation.”
Linda claimed the Ukrainian embassy is trying to seek permission for the couple to marry or be deported. While formal charges have allegedly not yet been brought about, Linda said Iryna was undergoing tests to determine how long she had been sexually active.
Apparently, sex before marriage is not permitted in Dubai and is one of the laws that drag visitors into jail. Several similar cases have been reported in the past and the judgment is usually without mercy, irrespective of the country the offender comes from or their claim of ignorance about the law.
A newly engaged couple found themselves in prison after the woman alleged that she was raped by a hotel employee. During the course of the investigation, the police discovered that the unmarried couple was sharing a hotel room, and they arrested them for having sex outside of marriage.
The alleged attacker was not charged with rape but instead was charged with sex outside of marriage. The couple was eventually allowed to leave Dubai after producing a marriage certificate and dropping the allegations of rape against the attacker.
Also, two British citizens were spared jail time in an appeal of the original 3-month sentence for indulging in pre-marital sex and sex in public. Under Islamic law, which Dubai operates, public display of affection is illegal.