8,016 cases of abuse recorded in one year

Updated 16 December 2015
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8,016 cases of abuse recorded in one year

RIYADH: The Ministry of Social Affairs handled 8,016 cases of physical and psychological abuse during the past Islamic calendar year that ended on Oct. 13.
This is according to Abdullah Al-Mohsen, director general of social protection at the ministry, who said that it had dealt with 7,234 reports from individuals contacting officials about abuse.
Al-Mohsen was quoted as saying in a local publication on Monday that Riyadh Province topped the list with 1,924 reports, followed by Makkah with 1,835 and the Eastern Province with 1,101.
Al-Jouf had 56 reports and 61 cases, the Northern Border 56 reports and 60 cases, and Najran 40 cases and 87 reports. The ministry received 23 reports from women, 16 from males under 18 years of age, and 20 from those between 19 and 35 years of age.
Seventy percent of the cases involved physical and psychological abuse. There were no cases of sexual abuse, suicide or neglect recorded. A total of 57.5 percent of the cases involved violence between spouses, which were resolved amicably, the ministry stated.
Most cases were reported on the phone number 1919 provided by the ministry; others by fax. All cases were handled according to the current legislation and with full confidentiality, the ministry stated.
Commenting on domestic violence in the country, Ali Zakri, head of the psychology department at Najran University, said that cases involved physical and psychological abuse stemming from “frustration, desire for revenge or self-defense.”
Zakri said a study conducted in Arab countries found that men were more likely to be the perpetrators because of their physical strength. It showed that these societies tolerated violent behavior.
The study also showed that level of education was a factor in domestic abuse cases, with uneducated wives making up 77 percent of victims, and educated wives only 4 percent, he said.
Abdulaziz Al-Khamis, director general of the ministry in Najran, said a great deal was being done to raise awareness about violence and abuse, especially among those most vulnerable. This includes information on legal protection, with visits to schools and through community events.
Ibrahim bani Hamim, the head of the committee against violence and abuse at the Najran health department, said cases are recorded at hospitals and then monitored. There is complete confidentiality maintained, he said.
The ministry stated that cases are dealt with in terms of severity and then passed on to the relevant departments or counseling bodies. The ministry provides shelter for victims needing protection, including the provision of food and clothing.


Saudi Arabia witnesses unprecedented achievements one year after MBS became crown prince

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become the government’s face of reform, modernization and change. (SPA)
Updated 22 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia witnesses unprecedented achievements one year after MBS became crown prince

  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the architect of a wide-ranging plan for social and economic reforms known as Saudi Vision 2030
  • Vision 2030 seeks to make Saudi Arabia non-oil based economy and the large developments at the Red Sea, Qiddiya and, NEOM, are part of the efforts to lure in investors and promote tourism sector.

JEDDAH: June 21 marked one year of Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince of Saudi Arabia.Since assuming the role, the crown prince, fondly known as MBS, has been working for the socioeconomic transformation of the Kingdom.
He is the architect of a wide-ranging plan for social and economic reforms known as Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the economy of the Kingdom and reduce its dependence on oil income.
Among the reforms envisaged in the Vision 2030 plan are the reopening of cinemas and allowing both sexes to attend concerts.
Another major development is the lifting of a ban on women driving. From June 24, women in Saudi Arabia will be able to take the wheel. The crown prince’s Vision 2030 reform plan seeks to elevate women to nearly one-third of the workforce, up from the current 22 percent.
In a statement issued to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said that as the architect of Saudi Vision 2030, the crown prince was inspiring the country’s youth and introducing structural changes to the Saudi economy and society.
Al-Othaimeen said that in one year he had taken many important initiatives at the national and international level and reinforced Saudi Arabia’s leading role in defending and supporting issues related to the wider Muslim world.
In this area, the OIC chief said, the most notable achievement was the creation of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition.
Vision 2030 seeks to boost the Saudi non-oil based economy, and the large developments at the Red Sea, Qiddiya and NEOM, the futuristic mega city, are part of efforts to attract investors and promote the Kingdom’s tourism sector.
Saudi Minister of Telecommunications and IT Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that the Kingdom is geared up to achieve the goals of socioeconomic transformation as envisaged in Vision 2030. He said that during the last year Saudi Arabia had achieved great success in this ambition.
Civil Services Minister Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan said that last year was characterized by many achievements. The Kingdom, he said, witnessed the continuation of the successful implementation of the crown prince’s Vision 2030, which covers all aspects of life.
Saudi Education Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa said: “Our country is looking forward to a bright future in line with an ambitious vision. It is standing at the threshold of great transformation.”
Saudi Arabia has also witnessed several unprecedented developments since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began implementing his reform plans. In a bid to ensure transparency in the financial system to promote international investments, the Kingdom launched a drive to root out corruption from society without discrimination.
Saudi Justice Minister Dr. Waleed bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, who is also president of the Supreme Judicial Council, said that the crown prince is a leader whose impact has surpassed local and regional levels. He has emerged as one of the most influential figures at the global level, he said.
Islamic Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ashiekh said: “The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 is a comprehensive national development program that seeks to achieve prosperity for the country. The crown prince has worked very hard to achieve many goals in record time.
“The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has received a great deal of support and attention from the crown prince to help fight extremist and deviant ideologies.”
The minister said that these efforts come within the framework of Vision 2030 to eradicate all sources of corruption.
MBS’s history of philanthropic initiatives has earned him many awards. In 2011, he established the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk), which enables young Saudis to learn, develop and progress in the fields of business, literature, culture, science and technology, and sociology.
“The crown prince’s initiatives in relief and humanitarian work have been admired and praised by the UN and its related organizations,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) and an adviser to the royal court.
Al-Rabeeah said that the crown prince had allocated $66.7 million to fight the cholera epidemic in Yemen, in addition to his efforts to help the needy throughout the world without discrimination.
He said that the crown prince had worked hard to build a new phase of progress and prosperity for the country with the help of the youth who are the core of the Kingdom’s future.
In recent years, the crown prince has become the government’s face of reform, modernization and change. In a country where about 60 percent of the population is under 30, the young crown prince is widely seen as an icon in the push toward socioeconomic reforms.
The crown prince also heads the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, which aims to establish a seamless mechanism to achieve Vision 2030 goals.