Semi-naked women ran through supermarket to escape kidnappers

The Dubai Criminal Court heard how in October last year the two women, a 33-year-old Iranian and a compatriot, 17, met a 31-year-old Emirati at a nightclub

DUBAI // A woman ran through a supermarket dressed only in her underwear to escape two men who tried to force her and her teenage friend into a car, Dubai Criminal Court was told.

In October last year the two Iranian women, 33 and 17 years old, met an Emirati man, 31, at a nightclub in Al Muraqqabat where they drank alcohol before going to his home in Oud Mutainah, prosecutors said.

When they arrived at his flat, several men who were there smoking shisha allegedly asked to have sex with the women.

“We felt danger and decided to run away but two of the men chased us in a car and tried to force us back,” said the older woman, adding that she lost some of her clothes along with her handbag as the men tried to pull her into a car.

She escaped, wearing only her underwear and took shelter in a supermarket’s prayer room. An Emirati policeman said he received a call from supermarket staff reporting that some men were attacking two women and trying to force them into a car.

CCTV camera footage showed two men trying to put a woman in a white Toyota.

The Emirati was found guilty of attempted kidnapping, consuming alcohol without a licence and the theft of Dh4,500 and an iPhone. He was jailed for a month.

Published: September 10, 2016 04:00 AM