On Monday, a 40-year-old Bangladeshi Quran teacher was charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance for molesting a 15-year-old Indian girl in the emirate.

According to Khaleej Times, the man - whose identity remains anonymous - was the girl's private tutor for three months and taught her four times a week.

He denied the charges of molestation, a crime the victim says he committed at least five times at her house during private tutoring sessions.

The teenager "recounted to the investigator that at 10 pm on June 17, he grabbed her cheek and kissed her", Khaleej Times reported.

"He had been touching my thigh and hand and putting his leg over mine, claiming that I had not been paying attention while he taught," the student said, according to Gulf News. 

"On a Sunday evening, he took me by surprise and kissed my cheeks, very close to my lips. He then told me 'this is a friendly kiss and not a fatherly one'."

The scared teen "stepped away from him" and was asked by the tutor not to disclose of this to anyone. 

During the police investigation when authorities interrogated the alleged perpetrator, the 40-year-old confessed to kissing and touching the girl inappropriately.

The final verdict against the accused will be announced on August 12.

The UAE has a zero-tolerance attitude towards molesters

This wouldn't be the first time a molester is arrested in the UAE. 

Earlier this summer, an Indian man based in Dubai lost his court appeal and was jailed for molesting a six-year-old boy at a mosque in the emirate. He will be deported after serving his prison sentence.

Under current UAE laws, sexual harassment in the workplace - defined as "any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct on the job that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment" - is punishable by fines and/or jail terms.

In March 2018, a Filipino man stood trial in a UAE court for surprising a female colleague with a kiss. The 33-year-old faced a molestation charge in the case, which dated back to December 2017.