Driver held in Saudi Arabia after video shows his harassment of special needs girl

Saudi Arabian women board a taxi in Riyadh. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 12 March 2018
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Driver held in Saudi Arabia after video shows his harassment of special needs girl

JEDDAH: A Saudi taxi driver in Madinah has been held by police after being caught harassing a girl with special needs in a one-minute video.
The video went viral on social media, achieving a million views and causing a wave of anger among people in Saudi Arabia, who demanded his arrest.
The video showed the young man, who works with a private taxi company, verbally and physically harassing the girl in the back of his car.
He said to the girl, who cannot talk, “Why don’t you talk to me? Are you deaf!“
The girl in the back seat of the car tried to scream and he said: “You are beautiful, like the moon!” with the lights on inside the car while he was driving, his head turned to her in the back seat. He switched off the lights and tried to touch the victim, threatening to break her phone if she did not stop recording the video. He continued to threaten her and she kept screaming as he tried to take her phone.
Within less than 10 hours Attorney General Sheikh Saudi bin Abdullah issued a warrant for the driver’s arrest and for proceedings to be brought against him.
Madinah area police caught and arrested the man immediately, who is in his 20s.
Lawyer Majed Garoub told Arab News this was an example of “positive and proactive interaction from the public prosecution without the need for formal complaints ... the prosecution took charge of the issue, arrested the offender and started the proceedings without the need for a complaint by the girl with special needs.”


Bollywood comes to Saudi Arabia

Updated 7 min 36 sec ago
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Bollywood comes to Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host several concerts featuring major Bollywood performers after the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Indian entertainment companies on Wednesday.
The agreements were reached during the Saudi-Indian Forum that was held in the latter’s capital, New Delhi, during the visit of the Kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the South Asian nation.
Over 400 people attended the opening day of the forum, including government officials and businessmen from both countries. It included an exhibition called “Invest in Saudi Arabia,” in which several Saudi companies showcased their services, expertise and missions to their Indian counterparts, to facilitate investment from the subcontinent in the Kingdom’s burgeoning private sector.
The MoUs, signed by the GEA’s chief information officer, Ibrahim Al-Moqbil, were agreed with the creative agency Totem Spot FZE, to plan Bollywood concerts in the Kingdom in 2019, and entertainment agency BToS Productions, to manage the concerts for the Bollywood stars, as well as for other international musicians performing in Saudi Arabia later this year.