Drive against family violence

26/9/09; (2 Items)

A group of Saudi women have launched a campaign to prevent family violence and protect women’s rights based on Shariah. Rima Ibrahim, a Saudi writer and supervisor of the campaign, said the move was aimed at improving the situation of Saudi women. “First of all it’s a reformatory campaign which wants to turn public attention to vital women’s issues,” she added. The campaigners called for the establishment of an office for the reconciliation of family members and ensure care and protection for women abandoned by their husbands. They also demanded the right of abandoned women to payment of expenses.


Father tortures toddler
Taif police said on Wednesday they launched an investigation after receiving a complaint on Tuesday from the mother of an 18-month-old baby that the woman’s ex-husband was torturing the boy. Maj. Turki Al-Shahri, spokesman for Taif police, said the police station in Bani Saad received the complaint. “We are now in the process of investigating the incident,” he said. An official of the National Society for Human Rights’ office in Taif said the organization had also received a similar complaint. The mother of the infant identified only as Abdullah reportedly said she found bruises and burns on the baby’s body.