With strict UAE social media laws, a group of women were arrested after they stripped naked to pose on a balcony of a penthouse apartment in Dubai Marina for a post in their twitter handle.
As per the UAE laws on social media, anything that is classed as ‘lewd’ can be punishable by a fine or custodial sentence. The law even includes people sharing images or footage of the event.
The statement by the police reads: “A criminal case has been registered against the arrested, and they have been referred to Public Prosecution for further legal action.
“Dubai Police warns against such unacceptable behaviours, which do not reflect the values and ethics of Emirati society.”
The whole act by the group of women is what seems to be a publicity stunt.
According to the UAE strict laws, penalty for engagement in any vulgar/obscene behaviour is up to six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 AED (£985),with police warning about making and publishing ‘pornographic material’ online, which includes those sharing the images.
It highlighted: “Any person who establishes, operates or supervises an electronic site and/or transmits, sends or publishes through an electronic site, gambling or pornographic materials shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of not less than Dh250,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000.”
A similar case happened in February, involving a British woman who was detained in Dubai after she sent a single swear word over Watsapp to her housemate.