Saudi woman could face prison for posting video of husband cheating with maid

RIYADH: A Saudi woman who filmed her husband cheating on her with their housemaid may be sent to prison because of the Kingdom’s defamation laws.


The woman shared a footage of her husband kissing and talking to the maid on social media with the caption, “The minimum punishment for this husband is to scandalise him.”

However, Majid Qaroob, a top Saudi lawyer said the woman could be handed a one-year prison sentence or a fine of 500,000 Saudi Riyals.

“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 added.

The video went viral in Saudi Arabia with many viewers showing support for the wife.

“I salute you warmly for your valiant courage,” Al Yamama, a blogger, said of the woman’s decision, according to local news website. “You did the best thing because there was an urgent need for revenge and your revenge is the best,” she added.

Thousands 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.