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Bahrain: Two Asian Men Arrested for Rape of an Indonesian Maid

On February 23, 2010

Bahraini security officials have detained two Asian men in connection with the alleged gang rape of an Indonesian housemaid.

Officials from the Interior Ministry announced that two expatriates were arrested and further confirmed that not nine men raped the women according to earlier reports.
According to the General Director of the Capital Governorate Police, the victim identified the two suspects during their investigation. He said the accused raped the woman in Segaya on February 15.

“We immediately initiated an investigation when the case came into the light. The victim was able to identify the two Asian men. After obtaining permission from the Public Prosecutor the duo were arrested,” the official said.

The case is now at the Public Prosecution and according to sources the Indonesian housemaid will testify in court. The court decides rape punishments according to the damage sustain by the victims. If convicted the men could face ten-year imprisonment according to Article 348 of the Penal code.

Bahrain Tribune first reported the case of the domestic worker who was found unconscious in Block-307, Adliya by an Indian man who informed the police. She told paramedics and police that she was gang raped.
The victim was missing from her employer’s house and was declared runaway four months back.

Victims whether Bahraini or Non-Bahraini are often reluctant to lodge a complaint of rape at the police station because of the social stigma and facing public humiliation.

Special report by Sandeep Singh Grewal