Saudis are shocked and outraged over an increasing number of videos on social media showing people physically abusing their children.
Police in the city of Tabuk recently arrested a man for flogging his son. The video of the torturous punishment showed marks of whipping on the child's back.
Not long before that, a father strangled and slapped his daughter and sent the abusive video to her mother.
The video became viral when the mother published the video on social media seeking help from the authorities.
Little Dareen's shockingly painful-to-watch video broke the taboo of talking about the sensitive issue in the conservative country.
Tw//— 'tabula rasa' (@wordsandhate) January 11, 2017
The videos on the mother's account. I'm in tears. What kind of father; what kind of human. #??_????_?????_??????
Oh god this is not a human not even an animal ,animals protect their children he should be put in jail #??_????_?????_??????— Rand Alsaqi (@itsranndd) January 11, 2017
Luckily the baby was united with the distraught mother.
There have always been cases of Physical abuse of children but the Saudi kingdom is not very open to any sort of criticism.
But with the recent incidents, especially that of little Dareed, things seem to have changed.
Perhaps the height of atrocity was needed to break the barriers of taboo.
I read (and watched the videos) of that child abuse case in Saudi and I can't sleep right now, I'm honestly so upset!! ????— Melinda (@thebookmusings) January 12, 2017
I have to talk about child abuse in every single country and maybe then he will give me permission to talk about it in my country ?? https://t.co/qQg0JZscXr— Saudi Feminist (@Saudi_Feminist_) January 11, 2017
Doaa Shukrallah, a Saudi woman in her 30s, believes the cause to be a lack of education and lack of understanding and communication between couples especially during the divorce process.
According to her most spouses are not aware of the importance of a healthy relationship for the sake of their children if things turn sour between them.
“I think this lack of awareness is one of the main reasons behind most child abuse cases in the Kingdom. As for the case of the man who abused his young daughter in Makkah, I do not think that it is a normal case because no one in his right mind would do this to a child. I think he has a psychological issue. Maybe his parents might have abused him when he was a child or probably he lived through unstable psychological life,” she said.
More than 2,000 cases of child abuse have been reported in the Kingdom over the last eight years, according to the National Family Safety Program (NFSP).
About 31 percent of the cases involved physical abuse while 25.2 percent involved psychological abuse says Maha Al-Muneef, executive director of the program.
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