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Couple jailed for loving each other and running away from their families

By Mason White 4:07 AM January 26, 2016
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By: Chan Yuan
A couple was arrested on a charge of having sex out of wedlock after they were seen kissing each other, police in the United Arab Emirates said.

The 20-year-old man and he 19-year-old woman, who were not identified, were found not guilty of having sex out of wedlock after tests showed that they did not have sex.

They have been convicted of living together out of wedlock, and they were sentenced to serve one month in jail.

According to the police investigation, the man asked his girlfriend to leave her family home in Ajman, so that they could get married.

One night at 1:00 a.m., while the rest of the family was asleep, the woman left her home. The woman’s father reported her missing the following day.

Family members told police that the woman left her home because she was threatened by her boyfriend. After three weeks, the couple turned themselves in to police, and said that they want to marry each other.

The couple assured the officers that they did not have sex.

The woman said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and she ran away from home because her father wants her to marry someone else.