A Sri Lankan cleaner will have to pay a Dh.2,000 fine after a court convicted him of entering the women's washroom at the Dubai Mall and looking at a Filipina while she used the facility
The Dubai Court of First Instance fined the 34-year-old cleaner, R.C., after he was incriminated of peeping at the 29-year-old Filipina while she was using the wathroom.
Prosecutors accused the defendant of sexually molesting the Filipina by walking behind her into the washroom and peeping at her while she was using the bathroom.
According to the arraignment sheet, prosecutors also charged R.C. [being a man] of unlawfully walking into a women's washroom.
The Filipina, identified as M.Y., testified that R.C. was in the women's bathroom at the mall and was looking at her from over the door when he was spotted by another Arabic woman.
During prosecution, M.Y. claimed that the Arabic woman knocked the door and told her that she saw the man in the mirror when she was washing her hands. The defendant reportedly hid in one of the bathroom cubicles.
"I knocked on the bathroom cubicle's door and yelled for the man to come out… when he finally did, I asked to see his mobile phone to ensure that he didn't snap any photos of me when I used the bathroom. Then we reported the matter to the police," M.Y. told prosecutors.
An Emirati police lieutenant testified that the Arabic woman said she saw the defendant and informed the Filipina and when he came out she yelled at him for entering the women's toilet. Court records said the claimant came out of the bathroom, screamed and asked all the other women to come out and catch the man.
When the defendant appeared in court, he pleaded not guilty and claimed he had no criminal intention.
The primary judgement remains subject to appeal within 15 days. (Source: Gulf News)
I don't think a man should be fined for entering women's bathroom. But definitely, it's wrong for a man to peep - while a woman using the bathroom.
peepin tom Thursday, 15 September 2011 07:09 AM
We Sri Lankans know exactly how to represent our mother land !
lankaman Thursday, 15 September 2011 08:22 AM
surely the cleaner will spend all his savings paying this fine. its a sad way to lose money earned by working hard in a desert country, but hope he learnt his lesson, in which case the experience would be a costly but good life lesson
citizen Thursday, 15 September 2011 09:23 AM
May be so. But the lesson cost him a fortune. I think its a bit harsh.
Mike Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:02 PM
Its better to get a fine rather than getting your head chopped off like in Saudi Arabia
faqi Friday, 16 September 2011 12:40 AM
He was lucky he had to pay only a fine and the courts did not call for cutting of any body parts. He had no business in a women's bathroom.
sunilB Friday, 16 September 2011 03:52 AM
Do not trust or believe just what Filipina and Arab woman said. There are other possibilities.
The man may have gone in to the room with no intention. Many people work in these Arab countries suffer from mental stress and do unusual things and walk thinking of their loved ones.
After all he was doing the cleaning of the place. Where were the female cleaners supposed to work with him?
alex Friday, 16 September 2011 04:38 AM
He must have thought this is Sri Lanka!!
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