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