Dubai rape claim dispute points to varying laws on sex outside marriage across Muslim world

  • by: BRIAN MURPHY , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 12:00 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The couple stood before a Dubai judge. The charge was sex outside marriage — illegal in the United Arab Emirates and across nearly all the Muslim world — and the magistrate offered an option: Suspended sentences to the Pakistani man and Filipino woman if they agreed to wed. The man consented, but the woman refused. They are awaiting sentencing, which could bring jail terms of several months or longer.

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