Bahrain prosecutes woman for hate speech on Twitter

Abu Dhabi: Bahraini police have taken legal steps against a woman who insulted a religious sect on Twitter.

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“A 52-year-old woman was summoned after she posted a tweet on Twitter that insulted one of the country’s religious sects and incited hatred,” police said.

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The woman will be moved to the Public Prosecution pending trial for promoting hate speech, the police said.

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In August last year, a woman was prosecuted for destroying Hindu religious statues inside a shop. The woman appeared in a viral video destroying Ganesha idols inside a souvenir store in Manama’s area of Juffair, saying Bahrain is a Muslim country.

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The Capital Police took legal steps against the woman, 54, for damaging a shop in Juffair and defaming a sect and its rituals, referred her to the Public Prosecution.

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A senior Bahraini official condemned the act, calling it a “hate crime”.

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Foreigners account for over half of Bahrain’s population of 1.7 million.

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