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‘Cross Dresser’ Defrocked In Dubai -

Reported by Tristan Ingram on February 9, 2009

A man in Dubai has been sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for three years after he was caught walking round a shopping mall wearing clothes that ‘glittered like a lady’s outfit’, the Gulf News reported this week.

The expat was convicted of cross dressing in public after cops spotted him dressed in ‘a bra, mascara, women's perfume and a wig’ the paper said though the 43 year old man pleaded innocence.

 "I'm not guilty,” he told the Dubai public prosecutor, “I was cross-dressed because I was training to perform a woman's role in Indian cinema,” he explained.

The flamboyant thespian was only identified by his initials PK and of being of Indian origin, though the case is likely to cause a frisson of concern to the tens of thousands of British expats in Dubai, particularly those who enjoy fancy dress. British psychologist Ros Taylor said large numbers of Brits are partial to dragging up in an interview with the Guardian several years ago, soon after Prince Harry was busted for dressing as a Nazi.

“Fancy dress is all about acting out your alter egos. It dates back to the times of masked balls when you could be someone else without retribution,” she explained.

“I'm amazed by the number of men who like going to parties dressed as women,” she added, “They can be a transvestite in public and the next day wash the slate clean. It's a risk-free way of being someone you secretly want to be.”

In more Dubai men-in-tights news, a man who flew from Dubai to Melbourne wearing women’s hosiery was arrested in Australia this week after sharp eyed customs officials noticed an unusually large bulge down his trousers. Cops subsequently discovered two live pigeons stuffed down his tights and charged him with contravening wildlife regulations, the BBC reported.

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