A couple have been detained in the United Arab Emirates for having sex outside of marriage, according to a relative. The South African man and his Ukranian fiancee were reportedly arrested after a doctor in Abu Dhabi who treated Ms Nohai for stomach cramps discovered she was pregnant. South Africa's foreign ministry said it was unable to help the couple as it is a matter of domestic UAE law, the South African News24 website reports. A spokesperson for the department, Nelson Kgwete, said the couple was being prosecuted in terms of UAE laws and that the South African Government could do nothing about it.
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A South African man and his Ukrainian fiancee have been detained in the United Arab Emirates for unlawful sex, a relative says. They were arrested for sex outside of marriage, which is illegal in the UAE. Mr Culverwell's mother has pleaded for their release, saying "the only thing they did wrong was fall in love". South Africa's foreign ministry has said that it is not able to help the couple as this is a matter of domestic UAE law, News24 reports. There was no immediate comment from the UAE government.
Couple arrested in the United Arab Emirates for 'having sex outside marriage'
DUBAI, May 20 Reuters - Seven months after the UAE decriminalised premarital sex, the legal change is not always reflected in how pregnancies outside marriage are treated, according to government guidance, lawyers and hospital staff. While women are no longer jailed for premarital sex, new births require the parents' marriage certificate, health insurers do not offer maternity cover to unmarried women and in private online chatrooms unmarried women remain wary of seeking medical help for pregnancy issues. The disconnect underlines the challenge faced by the United Arab Emirates, which includes the holiday and business hub Dubai, as it seeks to become a secular, more socially liberal state and maintain its status as an investment and tourism hub.
BBC Arabic investigation finds that domestic female migrants workers particularly vulnerable under broad laws. Hundreds of women, some of them pregnant or domestic servants who are victims of rape, are being imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates every year under laws that outlaw consensual sex outside marriage, according to a BBC Arabic investigation. There are no available official figures on the number of women incarcerated each year, but estimates from prisoners, family lawyers, charities and the work of investigative reporters put the figure in the hundreds.