People arrested in Dubai based on decency law

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A group of people were arrested in Dubai in the weekend over widely-shared images that showed women posing naked on a high-rise balcony in the city. Photographs and videos circulated on social media on Saturday night depicting more than a dozen naked women who were lined up on the waterfront balcony of a residential building while being filmed in the upscale Dubai Marina neighborhood. The arrest was made on charges of public debauchery and referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution.In the United Arab Emirates even kissing in public have landed people behind bars. A criminal case has been registered against the arrested people and they have been referred to the public prosecutor for further legal action.

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Public decency law in the United Arab Emirates is based on Islamic law or Sharia. Violations of the law are punishable with a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to 5,000 dirham ($1,360). The fine may be greater and even big in some situations. State-linked newspaper The National reported the incident appeared to be a “publicity stunt” but it is no excuse. All people and visitors must respect „the values and ethics of Emirati society.” People have been jailed for their comments and videos online. The country’s majority state-owned telecom companies block access to major pornographic websites.