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Businessman cleared of beating housewife in mosque

Court cites uncorroborated evidence for acquittal while man says woman’s claims are fabricated

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Dubai: A businessman has been cleared of beating up a housewife in a mosque after she refused to date him and turned down his sexual advances.

The 43-year-old Bangladeshi housewife was reported to have received a phone call from an unknown number and the caller offered her a job in March.

When the housewife asked the caller how he got her phone number, the purported caller, a 37-year-old Bangladeshi businessman, alleged that he got it from a cafeteria’s deliveryman.

The 43-year-old woman instantly hung up the phone once the caller asked her to become his date and have sex with him.

Two days later when the woman went to pray at the mosque, the businessman reportedly took her by surprise and beat her up brutally.

Citing lack of corroborated evidence, the Dubai Court of First Instance acquitted the 37-year-old Bangladeshi businessman of beating the housewife and causing her 25 per cent permanent disability.

The Bangladeshi pleaded not guilty and accused the housewife of fabricating her allegations out of malice.

Dubai Police’s forensic examiner confirmed that the woman sustained a permanent blurred vision.

The housewife alleged that when the man called and asked her over the phone to date him and become his mistress, she refused and told him that she was an upright woman.

“I told the caller that I do not follow that indecent path. Later he attacked me in the mosque while I was praying. He pushed me down on the floor and repeatedly punched me. He broke my cheekbone and bruised my eye,” she claimed

A policeman testified to prosecutors that the woman said during questioning that he had been having an affair with the housewife but denied beating her.

Sunday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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