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Most of us have heard the grotesque stories about rape victims in Dubai (and probably other countries as well), who have been imprisoned for pre-marital sex after reporting being raped to the local authorities.

A woman can imprisoned for admitting to pre-marital sex, because proving that a rape happened is next to impossible in Dubai, where four male Muslim witnesses are required. If a woman admits to being raped, and the rape cannot be proven by the legal system, the man or men walks free.

But why is are no burden of proof for imprisoning the woman? If sex has happened, by Dubai law, one of the parties is guilty of breaking the law. But not being able to prove that the accuser is guilty doesn't mean that the accuser is guilty, by any standard of the law.

Surely it is not illegal to be raped, and that is the only thing these women are admitting to? On what grounds are they imprisoned?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the legal answer is simply "The law allows it". The OP is seeking an answer to a political question - essentially "Why are the laws in Dubai the way they are?" – Dale M Jan 26 '16 at 0:06
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    In that case, might the question be a better fit for politics.stackexchange.com ? – WBT Feb 17 '16 at 1:56
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Women are imprisoned on the grounds that they have confessed to engaging in pre-marital sex.

If you're looking for the reason why this is the case even when they've been raped, it's because Islamic law, specifically, Sharia law, states that this is the punishment for engaging in pre-marital sex.

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    Yes... But isn't the law agains voluntarily pre-marital sex? If that is the case, are they legally allowed to imprison women for reporting a rape? They have not confessed to voluntarily engaging in pre-marital sex, and I don't suppose they can be actually sentenced for being raped. This is a case of "can't prove either side is lying", which should mean both sides should be innocent until proven guilty? – KjetilNordin Jan 28 '16 at 10:11
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    The law is against pre-marital sex. They have reported and confessed to engaging in pre-marital sex. Not trying to be rude, but if you're looking for somewhere to point out social injustice, the internet's a big place and this isn't the right site for it. – jimsug Jan 28 '16 at 10:13
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    If you're looking for the reason why this is the case even when they've been raped, it's because Islamic law, specifically, Sharia law, states that this is the punishment for engaging in pre-marital sex. - Please note that this claim of yours is wrong and with out reference to a reliable source. Please provide a source to your claim. Here is a source which is in contradiction of your claim : islam.stackexchange.com/a/10452 – Mohammad Ghazanfar Apr 6 '16 at 14:19
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    @MohammadGhazanfar your source does not contradict my claim. It merely states that four witnesses are not needed to prove rape, which is not the question here. The question here is "why can a woman be imprisoned for admitting to being raped?" If you disagree, feel free to post an answer. – jimsug Apr 6 '16 at 14:41
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    @MohammadGhazanfar seems like you disagree. Why don't you quote the part of that answer which states that a woman's testimony is not evidence of her being raped and then answer this question? – jimsug Apr 6 '16 at 21:42

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