A Pakistani national has been sentenced to three months in jail after a Dubai court found him guilty of sexually harassing a sleeping woman at the reception of a building, Khaleej Times reported.
The 19-year-old jobless man was accused of inappropriately touching the Filipina as she slept. He denied a sexual harassment charge at the Court of First Instance. However, the court convicted him and ordered his deportation.
The incident, which took place on March 19, this year, was reported to Al Qusais police station.
The 38-year-old complainant, an accountant, said she was waiting at the reception for her friend in a building in Al Qusais industrial area. “It was around 3:30pm. I suddenly fell asleep on the couch. When I opened my eyes, I saw a man touching my thigh and abdomen.”
He ran out as she screamed. “He came back a few minutes later and gestured to me to walk to him. But I ignored him. I reported him to the police the next day because I was then shocked and confused about the incident,” she recounted.
The victim told the police that she did not know for how long the accused kept touching her because her nap lasted about 5 to 10 minutes and when she opened her eyes she found his hands on her.
“He spoke to me in a language that I don’t understand. When he came back later, he wanted to talk to me but I did not go to him.”
The Filipina said she did not scream for help because no one was around.
The story originally appeared on Khaleej Times