Indian man jailed for molesting 7-year-old in Dubai

Dubai: A 25-year-old Indian was today jailed for three months for molesting a minor girl in a lift here, according to a media report.
The accused, a cafeteria cleaner identified as AA, was sentenced by The Dubai Court of First Instance.
“The accused will be deported following the completion of his jail term,” said presiding judge Maher Salama Al Mahdi.
The accused has denied the charge, Gulfnews reported.
Prosecutors said the defendant took advantage of the seven-year-old Algerian girl when her mother sent her with him to the cafeteria in December 2013 to get change for a meal she had ordered.
The victim’s mother said: “I ordered a meal for her from the cafeteria. The defendant delivered the meal after a few minutes, when I paid him 50 Dirham, he said that he did not have change. He took my daughter with him to give her the 40 Dirham balance.
“Fifteen minutes later my daughter returned and she was crying and petrified. When I asked her what happened, she claimed to me that he touched her and kissed her neck. I took my girl and went down to the cafeteria to confront the defendant. When he saw me, he seemed afraid and confused.”
Records said the defendant asked his workmate to plead for forgiveness and tell the girl’s mother that he was sorry for what he had done.
Today’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.
—PTI