2-year olds are cute, full of energy, stubborn, inquisitive, and in Dubai they also police the expat community. Their word is final, and what they see is the absolute true representation of what goes on around them. Even when they’re sleepy … at 2am. But I shouldn’t judge a 2 year old, maybe it doesn’t sleep at 2am, because 2am evenings are good for going out – party time, toddler style.
As I wouldn’t know first hand about the communication abilities of a 2 year old, I did some searching, and it appears that your average 2 year old has a vocabulary of about 50 words. Apparently kissing on the lips and touching – in an inappropriate way, are part of THIS toddler’s vocabulary. Amazing!
Another very interesting point about this case is that the mother who reported all of this to the police is unavailable to testify, and her contact number has been disconnected (according to BBC World News). No witnesses were interviewed to prove the “couple”‘s innocence, and most definitely the brilliant 2 year old was not available for comment.
I agree, that “when in Rome, do like the Romans,” and I do think that I should respect the people, the culture and the values of the society I live in, but when 2 year olds are allowed to make decisions that alter people’s lives – I get thinking. Is it about the fact that Ayman Najafi is Muslim and he “should know better”? Because the couple was also fined for alcohol consumption – so he definitely should know better. But where did they consume this alcohol? Was it possibly in the restaurant that legally serves alcohol? I don’t know the answer to that.
If I ever thought that the Dubai judicial system had any credibility, it just lost all respect in my eyes. It’s not about the fact that the two are British, and that they should get preferential treatment. It’s about justice – and second guessing a 2 year old’s statement – made at 2am … in a restaurant. Why isn’t anyone investigating the mother’s parenting techniques? What is she doing out with her 2 year old child in the middle of the night?