An unnamed woman in Saudi Arabia reportedly faces up to a year in prison for secretly filming her husband kissing their family maid and posting the video (below) online.
The cellphone video shows the husband and the maid in the kitchen for about 40 seconds, and at one point the husband appears to grope and kiss the maid.
After taking the video, the woman posted it to Facebook with a caption that read, “the minimum punishment for this husband is to [scandalize] him," according to Emirates 24/7 News.
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The video quickly went viral after it was posted, and now the woman potentially faces up to a year in prison on defamation charges under an information technology law.
Majid Qaroob, a Saudi lawyer, said she faces up to one year in prison or a fine of about $133,000 for defaming her husband.
“This law includes stiff punishment for anyone using mobile phones with a camera or other equipment to photograph others and defame them,” he told local newspaper Sada, according to Emirates 24/7 News.
Reactions to the video were split, reports Gulf News.
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Some, like blogger Al Mezzen, said the wife did not approach the situation appropriately.
“What she did in fact was to expose her private life and problems for everyone to see," Mezzen told Gulf News. "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."
Others supported the woman, and said that she was right to post the video.
Al Yamama, another blogger, praised the woman for her courage: “You did the best thing because there was an urgent need for revenge and your revenge is the best.”
The video was removed from YouTube after a few days.
Mirror Online, which is hosting a copy of the video on its site, reported that the video garnered more than 25,000 mentions on Twitter in less than 12 hours.