(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A 36-year-old man, accused of groping a seven-year-old girl, denied a molestation charge at the Dubai Court of First Instance.
Dubai prosecutors accused the Indian man, a construction worker, of taking advantage of the girl, who was away from her mother, to touch her inappropriately. The incident happened on April 17 at a gift shop. A complaint was filed at Al Barsha police station following which the defendant was detained.
During the investigation, the accused admitted that he touched the victim twice.
The girl's mother, a Moroccan housewife, said she was with her daughter and her younger son at the shop on April 17. "As I was busy shopping, my son went to the playing corner and then my daughter went after him. Moments later, she came back looking scared."
The girl did not tell her mother right away. Later, she pointed at the defendant who was standing near them and said that he touched her twice. Her father lodged a complaint after he learned about the incident.
The girl was evaluated by a psychiatrist at the family and juvenile cases section at the public prosecution.
A ruling will be pronounced on June 25.
Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich criminal imagination...