Wife is ar­rested for posts Af­fair claim on so­cial me­dia sparked po­lice com­plaint

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

A woman has been ac­cused of defama­tion af­ter falsely claim­ing an­other woman was hav­ing an af­fair with her hus­band.

It emerged that the vic­tim was not hav­ing an il­licit re­la­tion­ship but, in fact, was en­gaged to the de­fen­dant’s hus­band, who had de­cided to take a sec­ond wife.

The young Arab woman, who was in the pic­tures with the wife’s hus­band, com­plained to au­thor­i­ties, ac­cus­ing the wife of de­fam­ing her and her fi­ancé by spread­ing their pic­tures on so­cial me­dia.

The woman told of­fi­cers that the wife had sent pic­tures to the man’s rel­a­tives and friends to por­tray him as a wom­an­iser, which was in­sult­ing to both of them as they were formally en­gaged.

She added that, be­sides en­croach­ing on her pri­vacy, the wife’s act was against the UAE’s cy­ber laws.

Of­fi­cers said the wife had found the pic­tures of the woman while check­ing her hus­band’s phone. She then sent the pho­tos to her own phone be­fore shar­ing them with the man’s rel­a­tives on so­cial me­dia.

The woman told au­thor­i­ties that she sent pic­tures of her hus­band with an­other woman to his rel­a­tives “to pro­tect her own mar­riage”.

She claimed she didn’t know it was il­le­gal to do so and was also shocked to find out that the woman in the pic­tures with her hus­band was his fi­ancee as he had not told her about the en­gage­ment. Pros­e­cu­tors said they are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

Lawyer and le­gal ad­viser Hassan Al Mar­zouki said cir­cu­lat­ing peo­ple’s pic­tures through so­cial me­dia with­out their con­sent is an of­fence un­der the cy­ber­crime law and car­ries a min­i­mum jail sen­tence of six months and fines start­ing at Dhs150,000.

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