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1,254 felony cases filed in five years

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: The statistics issued by the Ministry of Justice show 1,254 felony cases – bullying and defamation – during the past 5 years from Jan 1, 2015 until Nov 30, 2019 were looked into by the courts, reports Al-Qabas daily. The statistics, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily, indicate in 2015 there were 343 cases, while in 2016, there were 307 cases in 2017 and 214 in 2018 and 173 cases in 2019.

It is clear that most of the cases are caused by tweets on the social media such as blackmail, defamation, slander, and revealing the secrets of homes which have become widespread crimes most of them by people using fake accounts, or other methods.

A careful reading of the statistics of the Justice Ministry shows that some people mistakenly exploit the technical boom, and “phantom” freedom have been taken for a ride to soil the reputation of others.

It was noted in social media networks that some celebrities resort to revealing each other’s secrets when a personal dispute arises between them, in addition to paying money to others who use fake accounts to do such job. Professor of Criminal Psychology at the Kuwait University Dr Naima Al- Taher said it has been noticed recently the emergence of some personal differences, where some of the parties slan der or spread secrets of other people who disagree with them, including what affects the reputation or honor sometimes, and this is a strange thing for the Kuwaiti society because it is conservative in nature and built on familiarity, love and protecting secrets.

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