Jail, lashes for slapping and spitting at wife

Updated 14 November 2015

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.

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.