Abu Dhabi court prosecutes 13-year-old girl over Facebook photo
Teen put on trial for posting image of friend ‘without permission’, despite evidence of posing for shot
A 13-year-old girl is being tried by Abu Dhabi Misdemeanours Court for violating her friend's privacy by posting her picture on Facebook without consent, 7-Days reported.
The photographed girl's parents, described in court as religious conservatives, became enraged when they saw their daughter's image on her classmate's Facebook page and filed a case with Abu Dhabi prosecutors.
The girls are reportedly close friends and the photo was not indecent, as the subject was wearing a headscarf.
Distribution of video or images of anyone without their consent is a crime under UAE law and carries stiff penalties. According to the report, if found guilty, the girl may be place under surveillance or be barred from accessing electronic devices. Other possible outcomes are confinement at a rehabilitation centre or treatment facility.
The accused reportedly claims her friend not only gave permission, but asked her to post the photo.
"The mother got angry and informed her husband about their daughter's picture," a prosecutor said. "When they asked their daughter, she told them that she did not know how her photo was taken and never authorised her friend to post her picture."
Prosecutors added that they believed the girl had posed for the photo, but said the case had been brought because there was no evidence of permission. Officials said an out-of-court settlement was not possible.