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A Sri Lankan mother who was arrested shortly after giving birth and charged with having sex outside of wedlock has been married to the baby's father for the past five years, the Misdemeanour Court in Dubai, heard.

The mother, an unemployed 35-year-old from Sri Lanka, told prosecutors that after she gave birth at Latifa Hospital on July 9 her husband, a 29-year-old blacksmith, presented a copy of their marriage contract, but was told this was not sufficient to prove their relationship as either an original or an attested copy was needed.

When he could not provide this, they were both arrested and charged with sex outside of wedlock.

"She is my wife and we have a child together in Sri Lanka and this baby girl is mine also," the father told investigators. He said his wife followed him to the UAE in 2010 three years after they got married, leaving their other child in Sri Lanka.

The mother said that she took a job as a maid with a family in Sharjah but ran away after six months to live with her husband in Jumeirah because they abused her and did not pay her. Prosecution records said they lived together in a small room where they had sex "repeatedly".

In addition to the consensual sex charge the mother was charged with absconding from her sponsor, working for someone other than her sponsor and overstaying her visa.

"I am guilty for absconding and overstaying my visa but I am not for having sex with my husband," the mother told prosecutors.

Neither the mother nor the father appeared in court. Both were summoned to appear at the next hearing, which was scheduled for September 12. (The National)

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  • Bhanuka Tuesday, 04 September 2012 03:38 PM

    Great reply man.I was wondering too.Once a month is a luxury .

    Sorry dot com Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:02 AM

    STOP SENDING SRI LANKAN WOMEN AS HOUSEMAIDS

    RJ Wednesday, 05 September 2012 05:30 AM

    if they have attested their marriage certificate in Sri Lanka consulate in UAE they wouldnt have face this problem... lankan consulate in UAE is very helpful .... our people should learn the processes before going ahead with these kind of activities .

    Arun Tuesday, 04 September 2012 07:37 AM

    I blame the couple for not informing the agents and the foreign employment properly. They don't accept Sri Lankan marriage certificate as its in Sinhala. You need a translated copy with proper seals.

    mohan Tuesday, 04 September 2012 07:41 AM

    and what is our embassy in UAE doing ? can't they issue certified copy ?

    mohan Tuesday, 04 September 2012 07:48 AM

    that's reticular our traditional wedding are valid and it does not provide/need any legal document , it can be be easily translated by court . unfortunately Sri lankan overseas missions does not care about sri lanknss

    Samantha Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:06 AM

    How cant help them by our embassy in UAE If these people married in Sri Lanka Organised a capy of marrage certificate in English translate with the authority seal

    Bandara Perera Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:20 AM

    It's common sense that even in Sri Lanka, parents have to prove their relationship for reg., of new borns. In any overseas country, the certificates should be attested by the Sri Lankan foreign ministry to confirm the authenticity. Don't blame for any one else, for this couple's negligence and stupidity as they have absconding from their empoyer, as per the country's regulations.

    Anil Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:21 AM

    Arab rulers can have sex outside wedlock

    mohamed asfar Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:24 AM

    these housemaids runaway and having relationships out of wedlock and when caught always the same story such as abuse, non payment of wages etc..etc but not reporting to the embassy or police in the country for help. they knew they are breaking the law of the land. let them pay for their sins. do not blame the arabs who use sharia laws to oppress the ordinary people.

    dujohn Wednesday, 05 September 2012 01:48 AM

    This is ridiculous. How can they say the Certificate of Marriage signed by the Registrar is insufficient? Why did they move to an Arab country with the family?

    Fayad Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:17 AM

    If consensual sex why other do worry ???

    das Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:55 AM

    Good for them.

    Real peace Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:13 AM

    Do married couple have sex "repeatedly"? I doubt it!

    woodman Tuesday, 04 September 2012 02:43 PM

    Dear SL migrants, obey the laws of the resident country. Because we don't like any foreigner violating the laws of our country.

    Far Thinker Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:43 AM

    Now the Embassy should mediate and settle with coordinating Sri Lankan authorities and the courts. This will settle the problem amicably!

    Bingo Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:11 AM

    There is something wrong...i cant believe our fellows.. its very easy to prove if they are married and the mean time if they proved that they have already married then they will not question further..

    Azmi Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:01 AM

    I'm residence in Dubai more than ten years, sorry to say but it's true, SPECIALEY most of the sri lankan maid come to Dubai, illegal relationship ONLY!

    mohamed asfar Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:13 AM

    far thinker, what are you trying to say ?

    Riaz Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:03 AM

    Ya,The Arabs are so good
    That's why nowadays they are killing each other in Syria,Libya,Lebanon,Iraq,Egypt,Yemen.. so on.

    hashhhsl Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:14 AM

    Why dis they menioned " they had sex "repeatedly"???? whether it is repeatedly or once in a while makes nay dffrence to them?

    Gon Banda Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:00 AM

    Its true that parents have to 'disclose' their relationship when a new born is issued a birth certificate, but they do not need to be married for this.

    If the law of the resident country calls for marraige before birth, they need to abide by it, but its outrageous to arrest a legally married couple for having a child!!!! The blame definitely lies with the stupid court that did not care to get a translated version for the hearing.

    mohan Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:06 AM

    nope no such a requirement, all the have to say they did not legally married.


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