adding Facebook friends and interacting with the opposite sex via
BlackBerry Messenger or Twitter are accepted norms in North America, in
Dubai, they can be seen as “cyber infidelity (cheating on your partner,
not necessarily physically, over electronics),” a ground for divorce.
to Abdul Salam Darwish, the Head of the Family Guidance and
Reconciliation Section at the Dubai Courts Department, there has been a
significant increase of couples asking for divorce, as a result of cyber
infidelity. Darwish said that his court receives at least two cases a
week that cites “suspicious communication through social media” as a
reason for wanting a divorce.
“We have had cases of wives claiming divorce because their husbands communicated with women on WhatsApp or BlackBerry Messenger and husbands filing for divorce because their wives interacted with men on Twitter or opened Facebook accounts or posted their photos without their permission,” he told Gulf News.
Many people in Dubai seek divorce immediately after find out
that ther spouse have been communicating with other members of the
opposite sex via their phone or social media accounts.
While it may seem strange to North Americans, in Dubai, it
is a cultural norm. In many cases, people seem to seek divorce
immediately after they get to access their spouse’s account either
accidentally or intentionally and find they communicate with people of
other gender supposedly cheating on them.
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