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Girl, 6, raped in Jumeirah restaurant toilet in Dubai

Cleaner charged with attack in Jumeirah restaurant

  • By Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:18 July 24, 2013
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Dubai: A cleaner stood before a Dubai criminal court on Wednesday on charges of raping a six-year-old girl in the women’s toilet in a Jumeirah restaurant.

The incident allegedly took place two months ago, but the accused, A.H., a 27-year-old Bangladeshi, denied the charges.

The child’s father, Z.W., a Jordanian, told prosecutors that his daughter went to the bathroom to check on her loose tooth and to use the toilet. 
He briefly stood outside the door before returning to the table.

Five minutes later, the father asked his wife to check on their daughter, but the daughter had already stepped out of the toilet looking incredibly pale.

“When I asked my daughter if she managed to see her tooth, she said the mirror was too high for her, and then I heard her whisper to her mother about a man who touched her private parts,” said Z.W.

The father told the court his daughter said that while she was using the bathroom the cleaner followed her inside.

“At this point, she told the cleaner she was done using the bathroom and that she was about to leave. However, he did not get out of the toilet and waited until she put her underwear back on before approaching her. He then placed both his hands on her thighs and cupped her private parts and kissed her,” the father told investigators.

But the medical examination unearthed more horrifying details.

The forensic report showed that upon examining the child, traces of semen were around the girl’s private parts.

The report also mentioned that a swab taken “from her” proved positive for semen. Tests confirmed the semen matched the DNA of the accused.

Despite the damning evidence, the accused maintained his not guilty plea.

A verdict is expected on July 31.

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  1. Added 13:45 July 25, 2013

    Why did the mother sent a 6 yr old girl to the toilet on her own? Underaged children should be supervised throughout. Even if it was a female toilet, care should be taken when it comes to your own children. The biggest mistake I see in people in the UAE is that they don't read newspapers. They are unaware of the danger involved when it comes to your own safety. The UAE govt must start an awareness program to educate people on such subjects.

    John Fernandez, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:42 July 25, 2013

    This man should be given death without wasting any time .He doesn't deserve to live ..

    HRS, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  3. Added 13:42 July 25, 2013

    its awful. how sick he is. inshallah they will put him in jail for long long time.!!!!! poor little girl

    soso, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:36 July 25, 2013

    Totally disgusting, the accused should get severe punishment for comitting such a serious offense once the Dubai courts decide on the punishment, I mean lets have rules that will be a stern warning to everyone living in UAE. I am a father of a young daughter, and to hear such thing happening in places like in Jumeirah or Dubai for that matter is very aweful! I really want the court of justice to take strict action against the accused.

    Ashish, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:32 July 25, 2013

    Please changed the head line of the report, it really hurts to attache the word with a six years old. and factualy its not a 'rape'

    Gulzar, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:14 July 25, 2013

    Death penalty

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:12 July 25, 2013

    I understand this is a horrible incident and condemn this fully. However please be careful with this sensationalist and sexist journalism. Intricate details of the incident need not be presented in the article, the public can fully percieve the gravity of situation reported and do not need certain descriptions that are atrocious. I don't even get to see this kind of reporting in the West. This is too much.

    Shinil Moahmed, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

  8. Added 12:45 July 25, 2013

    If severe death penalties are not given to those who rape children intentionally, then things will worsen and rape cases in the UAE will increase, like in India, where the government is not imposing severe penalties for rape crimes, which is causing rape crimes to be very common, unfortunately.

    Ghassan Al Dakour Al Aridi, Beirut, Lebanon

  9. Added 12:34 July 25, 2013

    what's wrong with people? she is just a child

    HGWIT, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:34 July 25, 2013

    I suggest you castrate him and leave him lying there on the road. Lesson to all out there. NO court, NO case NOTHING. Just a lesson to one and all. This is the only solution. The little girls will have to live with this ordeal for the rest of her life. Who will pay for this?

    jamesdean, India, India

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