Wife who filmed husband allegedly cheating is facing up to 12 months in prison for sharing footage
Published 07/10/2015 | 14:09
A Saudi woman who filmed her husband allegedly cheating with the housemaid could face prison because of the nation's defamation laws.
The resulting footage appears to show the man talking to a maid and kissing her.
The woman secretly shot the encounter between her husband and the maid on her phone.
Wishing to expose her partner’s affair, the woman shared the footage on Youtube alongside the caption: “the minimum punishment for this husband is to scandalise him.”
The video has since gone viral in Saudi Arabia, with many viewers rallying in support of the wife, the Sada newspaper reports.
The video clip had got over 25,000 mentions on Twitter in less than 12 hours.
However, it has since been removed from Youtube.
“I salute you warmly for your valiant courage,” Al Yamama, a blogger, said of the woman’s decision, according to Gulf News.
“You did the best thing because there was an urgent need for revenge and your revenge is the best."
However a top Saudi lawyer has now warned the woman could be fine (€120,000) or imprisoned for a year for beaching the country’s strict defamation laws.
“This law [on information technology crimes] includes stiff punishment for anyone using mobile phones with a camera or other equipment to photograph others and defame them," he said.
Millions of people work as maids in the Gulf States, many of whom are migrants from poor countries such as the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.