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New UAE law: Tougher penalties for rape, assault starting 2022


DUBAI – The UAE has ratified a new and updated Federal Crime and Punishment law with tougher penalties for the crime of rape or indecent assault.

The law will be fully implemented on January 2, 2022, after President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved wide-ranging reforms of the UAE’s legal system on November 27.

The new law imposes a punishment of life imprisonment for the crime of rape or non-consensual sex.

If the victim is under the age of 18, disabled or otherwise rendered in a condition unable to offer resistance, punishment can be extended to a death sentence.

The new law also addresses the crime of indecent assault with imprisonment or a fine of no less than Dh10,000 regardless of the victim’s gender.

If the use of force or threat is employed in the course of the crime, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a period of no less than five years and not exceeding 20 twenty years.

The penalty will rise to a prison term of no less than ten years and not exceeding 25 years if the victim is aged under 18, disabled or otherwise rendered in a condition unable to offer resistance.

Also, the more severe penalty applies if the crime takes place in a place of work, study, shelter or care. ICA/Expat Media

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