Facebook post saved her from the employer but not from the cyber-crime laws

Social media has become a great platform for expressing emotions and sharing personal stories. We know a lot of social media heroes just because of their viral posts.

People tend to use social media to share happiness and worries, become famous and defend themselves instead of just interacting with their friends and family.

However, people of Saudi Arabia should understand that the cybercrime laws here are quite strict. If you use the social media wrongfully you might end up in trouble. Expats should be careful about such things.

They should not post such fake videos which depict a negative image of the country. I am not saying this just because I am patriotic. I do care for the image that gets portrayed of my country but also I care for people. If such fake videos get viral, people won’t ever believe a true one.

I do stand with those who are mistreated in Saudi Arabia and around the world: you can see other posts on the blog for that! Now, coming back to the actual article.

If you remember back in 2014, a housemaid caught attention on social media via her claims that she had been injured by her sponsor’s mother who intentionally poured boiling water on her which caused her burns.

Pahima P. Alagasi, aged 26, hailed from North Cotabato to Riyadh to offer domestic services. She was able to escape her employer after accusing his mother of the mistreatment. She was treated at the Riyadh’s Medical center and later took refuge at the Philippine Embassy shelter located in Riyadh during May 2014.

She confidently filed a case against her employer for the mistreatment she was provided with. However, she lost the case as she was not able to prove anything in her favor. She probably thought that she would be able to win away from the case as she had won sympathies on social media.

Yet things didn’t turn out the way she expected. Soon, her employer filed a case against her for putting forth false allegations and hurting his image on social media. Not only this, he also demanded compensation money amounting to SR 250,000.

This was a major obstacle in way of Alagasi in returning home. If her employer had not filed the case, she would have been deported at the very time.  She was filed as absconding (huroob) by her employer which also did not pave way for her deportation.

The legal battle among the two lasted for 4 years. Finally, now, in 2018, Alagasi is able to return home! Philippine Embassy assured that Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud assisted her to in exiting the Kingdom.

President Rodrigo Duterte jumped into the case to resolve matters while Ambassador Alonto accompanied Alagasi. Last week she was presented to Deputy Minister of Interior, Dr. Nasser A. Al Daood.

She was finally pardoned for her crime and it was announced that she would be able to reach back home soon. She was also given her 2 months’ unpaid salary. So, people be careful! Use social media wisely to avoid prolonged trouble!

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.