Dubai: An employee was sentenced to three months in jail for grabbing his colleague’s hand and kissing it when she tried to pick up her pen.
The 43-year-old Indian airline employee, M.A., was helping his 26-year-old Emirati colleague while she was undergoing an online aviation test when he touched and kissed her hand against her will in February 2015.
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted M.A. of, molesting the woman despite having entered a not guilty plea.
Records said the accused molested the Emirati woman by kissing her hand while they were present at one of the halls of Dubai International Airport.
“I did not touch her … I am innocent,” the defendant in court earlier.
Presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi said the defendant will be deported following the completion of his punishment.
The 26-year-old woman testified that the accused had been her work supervisor for nearly one year.
“I was stationed at the customer service counter at Terminal 2 when a colleague of mine asked me to take a break at 11.30pm. I headed to the rest area and there I met the defendant. He offered to bring me tea, but I refused. Then he informed me that there was an online aviation test … we headed to the testing room and logged in to the system. He offered to help me while doing the test, but I did not pass. Then he asked me not to worry and promised to help me pass … in the meantime, my pen fell on the floor. When I knelt down to pick it up, he grabbed my hand and kissed it. Then he told me ‘I will help you pass the exam, don’t worry’. I drew my hand back quickly and left the room. The next day my husband and I complained to the police,” she claimed.
The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 13 days.