Brit woman jailed for kissing a man publicly slams Dubai 'hypocrisy'

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London, May 10 (ANI): A British woman, who was jailed for kissing a man in public in Dubai, has dubbed its strict decency laws as being full of "hypocrisy".

Charlotte Adams was arrested with Ayman Najafi last November after a local woman complained they had been seen kissing on the mouth in a restaurant.

Adams, 26, from Mersea Island, Essex, and Najafi insisted they had given each other only a peck on the cheek but were sentenced to a month in prison by a Dubai court last month.

The estate agent served 23 days and was freed on May 7 and deported.

She spoke of her relief at being reunited with her family, including twin brother Christopher and sister Emma, 20.

"It is such a relief. I've thought of nothing else for the last few months," the Scotsman quoted her as saying.

"I love Dubai and it makes me sad that I'll never come back, although I think I'd struggle to ever feel free here again.

"The laws need to evolve to match the culture here. At the moment, it's all just hypocrisy," she stated.

She went on to say that hotels in Dubai regularly offer free alcohol, particularly to women, even though drinking in public is still officially illegal in the Gulf state.

"Everyone gets so drunk they forget where they are, particularly the Westerners, which is when their behaviour can become dangerous legally," she added.

Najafi, a management consultant from north London who has lived in Dubai for 18 months, is said to be continuing his fight against the conviction after being backed by his employers. (ANI)

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