A court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sentenced an Indian national to one year in jail for posting a “blasphemous and slanderous” status on social networking site Facebook, media reported.
The Dubai Court of First Instance found the 41-year-old man guilty of cursing Islam and the Prophet in his status update on Facebook after he watched a news bulletin about the Iraq war in July last year, Gulf News reported on Thursday.
Judge Ezzat Abdul Lat said the defendant would be deported after serving his jail term, according to the report.
The Indian was arrested after a fellow countryman lodged a police complaint that he received an image of the allegedly offensive Facebook status on WhatsApp.
The court ruling can be challenged in a higher court within 15 days.
Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.
The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.
This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.
From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.
Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.
Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.
The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.
The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.