A Dutch women enjoying her vacation in Qatar was pressured to marry the person who raped her in March. This may be the get out of jail card for her, where she remains after asking Doha police for help.
According to a report on AFP, here is what happened:
“She was arrested in March on suspicion of adultery, which means having sex outside marriage,” lawyer Brian Lokollo told AFP on Saturday.
Her attacker was arrested as well but is denying charges of rape, accusing his victim of being a prostitute.
The 22-year-old woman, identified as just ‘Laura’ by Dutch media, said that she was drugged prior to being raped and reported having “realized to her great horror” that she had been taken advantage of after she woke up in an unfamiliar flat.
The woman went dancing at a hotel in Doha and when she returned to her table she realized she had been drugged as “after the first sip of her drink… she felt very unwell,” Lokollo told Dutch broadcaster NOS-Radio1.
According to Lokollo, the woman was able to flee the flat and then went to a police station to file a complaint. Instead of helping the victim, Doha police officers refused to let her go.
Dutch foreign ministry spokeswoman Daphne Kerremans confirmed that the woman remains in custody but said she has not yet been charged. “The inquiry is ongoing,” she said.
A hearing is set for this Monday.
A twitter campaign initiated in the Netherland is demanding for her to be released from jail and allowed to fly home.