Jail, lashes for slapping and spitting at wife

Updated 14 November 2015
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Jail, lashes for slapping and spitting at wife

DAMMAM: A court of appeals has confirmed the ruling of a lower court sentencing a man to 30 lashes for slapping his wife and spitting on her last week.
The citizen, who has not been named by the local media, was jailed for a week after assaulting his wife by slapping and spitting at her face in the Eastern Province, according to online news website Sabq.
According to the report, the brother of the wife had filed a formal complaint with authorities reporting the assault on his sister by her husband who had allegedly hit her twice on the face.
According to the details of the case presented in court, the husband has confessed to the assault and justified hitting his wife after she had "gone out of the house several times without seeking his permission."
The judge reportedly issued an order for the wife to abide by her husband's request not to leave the house without his permission but he also ordered the husband to one week's jail time and 30 lashes for having broken the law on assault.
The ruling was applauded by many users on social media as a step in the right direction in ending domestic violence in Saudi Arabia.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Updated 54 min 47 sec ago
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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.