For RAK Emiratis it is until internet do us apart

Emiratis in Ras Al Khaimah are way over their heads when it comes to marital problems and officials blamed technology for the growing disputes among local couples, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

A section specialised in family affairs at the RAK Courts said it recorded 442 marital disputes among nationals in 2010 against 195 among expatriates, according to 'Emarat Al Youm' Arabic language daily.

“These included 29 marital infidelity cases and we think that the advent of advanced communication technology is one of the main reasons for the increase in marital disputes,” said Jassim Al Makki, Director of the Family Guidance Centre at RAK Courts.

Makki said most of the infidelity cases involved husbands, mainly nationals, adding that the majority of betrayed local wives had succeeded in catching their husbands “red-handed.”

He said his centre had managed to settle many marital disputes but acknowledged the difficulty of reaching a solution in infidelity cases especially when a husband is caught red handed.

“The internet is playing a key role in triggering disputes among couples as some wives have complained that their husbands are betraying them by getting acquainted with girls or exchanging messages with women through the internet,” he said.

“Some wives said they found love words from women on their husbands’ Blackberry handsets, while one wife said she saw her husband throwing a piece of paper carrying his mobile phone number to a girl in the street.”

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