Girl kills herself by drinking petrol

Updated 29 July 2013
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Girl kills herself by drinking petrol

An investigation into the death of Hanan Al-Shahri, a Saudi from Bisha who committed suicide by ingesting gasoline, is continuing as law authorities focus on the relationship between the woman and her brother.
Police said Al-Shahri took her own life when her brother and uncle refused to marry her to a man who had asked for her hand in marriage from her uncle.
A female relative of the victim told local media that Hanan was a student at the education faculty in Bisha and suffered abuse at the hands of her brother following the death of her father. When her brother refused to allow her to marry a man who had approached the family, she killed herself by drinking gasoline a day after being admitted to a hospital in Asir.
New developments in the case emerged in the wake of interactive communication on social networking sites. Supervisor of the Human Rights Commission branch in Asir Hadi Al-Yami said that the women's division in the branch is following up on the case, with a statement to be issued soon.
A security spokesman in the region refused to comment on the incident until further investigation is conducted. The mayor of Asir, Muhammad bin Sourra, said the hospital in Asir admitted the girl without details of her case.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Al-Asiri, a human rights activist in Asir, said that cases of violence against women in the region are alarming. “Yet women do not come forward and disclose such cases,” he added.
He called for a meeting between the Human Rights Commission and tribal chiefs to raise awareness with the participation of scholars and preachers.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”