A Saudi wife who had reasons to suspect that her husband was cheating on her with their housemaid set up a camera and filmed him groping and kissing the housemaid in their home. She posted the video to social media to embarrass her husband. And although the man was the one caught cheating, the wife now faces up to one year in prison or a fine of SR 500,000 — about $133,000 — for defaming her husband.
The unnamed Saudi wife had suspected that her husband was cheating on her with a domestic staff. So she set up a camera in the kitchen of their home and secretly filmed her husband flirting with their maid, groping and kissing her.
According to Emirates 24/7, the wife was angry when she saw the video, and as an act of revenge against her husband, she posted it online with a caption, “The minimum punishment for this husband is to scandalize him.”
The video (see below) went viral after she posted it to social media. Emirates 24/7 reports that under the hashtag #SaudiWomanCatchesHusbandCheating, it became the top trending on social media within 12 hours after it was posted online.
The video shows the Saudi husband talking to a woman believed to be a member of the family’s kitchen staff. As he talks to her, another woman, also believed to be a member of the kitchen staff, can be seen moving around in the kitchen.
With his back to camera, the man makes aggressive sexual advances at the woman, who appears to make an attempt to avoid him. He appears to grope the maid and kiss her, and she appears to resist him when he holds her in a hug.
Reactions, among social media users in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Gulf states, to the wife’s decision to publish the video was split, Gulf News notes. Viewers were divided and argued fiercely over the appropriateness of the woman’s action. While some praised her courage, other argued that she did not act wisely.
Critics said she should have handled the matter privately and that going public with video was unwise because the matter was strictly a family issue.
But others argued that shaming the man publicly was the right thing to do. And predictably, male viewers were more likely than female viewers to criticize the woman’s action.
“She did not know how to handle the situation. What she did in fact was to expose her private life and problems for everyone to see. The situation is compounded if they have children because there will be dire consequences. She has to live with the consequences of what she did.”
“I salute you warmly for your valiant courage. You did the best thing because there was an urgent need for revenge and your revenge is the best.”
But although the angry wife appears to have succeeded in her attempt at inflicting “the minimum punishment” on her husband by shaming him publicly, her action could backfire seriously going by the statements of a prominent Saudi lawyer.
The lawyer, Majid Qaroob, said the woman may have violated Saudi information technology laws. Qaroob told a local news outlet that under the country’s laws on information technology-related crimes, the woman “faces up to one year in prison or a fine of SR500,000 ($133,000) for defaming her husband.”
Since cheating with your domestic staff is a major violation of moral and ethical standards in the religiously conservative kingdom, the Saudi wife has effectively defamed her husband. Thus, she could go to jail for up to one year or face a fine of up to $133,000.
He said that Saudi law prescribes “stiff punishment for anyone using mobile phones with a camera or other equipment to photograph others and defame them.”
“She faces up to one year in prison or a fine… for defaming her husband… This law includes stiff punishment for anyone using mobile phones… or other equipment to photograph others and defame them.”
The condition of domestic helps, many of whom are immigrant workers from Asia and Africa, has been the subject of debate in the country.
Disturbing stories of physical and emotional abuse, and economic exploitation of foreign domestic staff by Saudi employers have surfaced in the past.
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