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.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.