Whatsapp messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows users to exchange text messages without having to pay for the short message service. Whatsapp is available for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and all other mobile platforms. In addition to basic messaging Whatsapp users can exchange pictures, videos and audio messages.Apps such as these have allowed us to communicate with our loved ones freely and without having to worry about your phone bill. It is something that has made the lives of millions of its users globally, extremely easy. Apart from talking to your loved ones, there are entire businesses running through free messaging services such as Whatsapp.
So it comes as a surprise, that something that is supposed to make life easier has put one of its users in a lot of trouble. A 32 year old woman from Qatif was sentenced to two months behind bars and also received additional punishment of 70 lashes and a fine of SAR20,000. The woman had reportedly insulted a Saudi man on the free messaging service known as Whatsapp.A Qatif Penal Court source has statedthat the man had sued the woman, for slandering and destroying his reputation after they had a dispute. The women reportedly later confessed to all her actions, but had refused to accept the courts verdict which had ruled against her. The source has also stated that in accordance to the Information Crimes Charter, offenders may face a year in prison and an additional fine is also given, which can go up to SAR500,000.
Some Saudi women have openly spoken out, against the sentence. They have reportedly said that such a sentence was only given because a woman was involved. They have also claimed that in a similar case where a man had insulted a woman, he would not have been given such a harsh sentence.There have been earlier reports, which claim that an insult on Whatsapp was also the primary reason, which caused a man to divorce his wife. This also occurred in the Saudi Kingdom.
Although we may feel the need to express every aspect of our lives on social media and public forums, it is important to remember, not to do so. People have very limited privacy these days and do not appreciate being insulted in front of everyone on social media. We should also try and not say such things which hurt others.
Source: Saudi Gazette
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