An instant messaging App has been cited as the reason for a divorce between a couple in Saudi Arabia.
Quoting Arabic daily newspaper Al-Hayat, it adds the couple’s relationship had already been under stress, but that the status was “the last straw”.
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Article Three of the Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law states anyone who defames or inflicts damage upon others through various information technology devices “shall be subject to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine not exceeding 500,000 riyals or to either punishment.”
Legal expert Khalid Al-Halibi told Al Arabiya: “Social media is the number one cause of divorce nowadays. Any couple that publicly insults one another is already in a developed stage of conflict.
“What the wife did in this case was simply a mental release and she did not pay much heed to how much she was insulting her husband. The husband should have had a conversation with the wife to understand her motives.”