DUBAI // A teacher was charged yesterday with raping a pupil multiple times while giving him private lessons.
The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance heard that the Indian teacher, HM, 40, raped the 13-year-old boy, an Arabic-language student, in the boy's home while his mother slept next door.
HM pleaded not guilty.
Records show that the boy's mother hired the teacher, who works at an Umm Rumool district school, in July 2011.
The boy testified that before the first assault, the teacher asked him to get his mother.
"Once I told him that my mother was sleeping, he took off my clothes, molested me and then raped me," the boy said. "I did not understand what he was doing, and he asked me not to inform anyone or he will beat me and tell my father that I'm not doing my homework."
According to the boy's testimony, the act was repeated several times.
Court records show that on September 17, after HM arrived at the boy's home, the mother welcomed him, then left and went to sleep. After napping for 30 minutes, she woke to prepare some tea, but heard noises coming from the living room in which the tutoring sessions were held.
"I walked in and saw my son with his pants down and the defendant half naked," she said.
After she screamed in horror, HM ran away, court records show. Police picked up HM from his school the next day. He has been in custody since then.
The court adjourned the case to February 12.