Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Sri Lankan man was charged with sexual harassment after allegedly groping a Filipino woman while she was on her way home in Al Muraqqabat, Dubai.

At 10pm on July 17, the Filipino woman, 28, was walking home after leaving a pharmacy when she saw a man was following her. She said she was caught off guard when the man groped her, Khaleej Times reported.

She called the police, but the man walked away. The woman then followed him to a building. When the man boarded an elevator, the woman stopped him but he walked out and grabbed her neck.

“An Arab man stopped him from assaulting me and asked him about what was going on,” the woman said.

While the alleged victim was communicating with the police on their whereabouts, the Sri Lankan disappeared. The police checked surveillance cameras to identify the suspect.

Upon police instructions, the suspect’s employer told him to turn himself in to the police.

On July 19, the suspect showed up at a police station and denied that he had groped the woman, saying he did not mean to touch her and had mistaken her for one of his female friends.

On Sunday, the Sri Lankan man was charged with sexual harassment at the Dubai Court of First Instance. However, he denied the charge.

The suspect is under detention and a ruling will be handed down on October 21.