Dubai today pardoned Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, who was convicted last week of extramarital sex, consumption of alcohol and perjury - all as a consequence of having reported to the police that she had been allegedly raped by a co-worker. The co-worker, a Sudanese man, was also sentenced to 13 months in jail for extramarital sex and alcohol consumption - it's not yet known whether he has been pardoned.
I'd like to know what kind of wrangling occurred on the diplomatic level for this to have happened - or did Dubai officials just realize how colossally awful it is for their PR-promoted image of a modern city if they lock up professional women from other countries for the same laws which apply to their own population.
And about those other women. This whole case just exposes what kind of obstacles face anyone who is raped. Don't report it, and the rapist(s) walk free to continue raping. Report it, and go to jail.
Dalelv is undoubtedly relieved to be able to leave Dubai, but she also leaves behind her job - she was fired for improper behavior after reporting the rape in the first place.
As for the alleged rapist, who remains in jail, this does no good when it comes to preventing future rapes, since that's not the crime he was convicted of.
I can only repeat what I said the first time around: Maybe women should avoid going to Dubai while these laws remain in force. And maybe men should do the same thing.