Saudi Arabia: 6 child deaths from torture reported in 2 years

Saudi Arabia: 6 child deaths from torture reported in 2 years
Updated 07 September 2017

Saudi Arabia: 6 child deaths from torture reported in 2 years

Saudi Arabia: 6 child deaths from torture reported in 2 years

RIYADH: Six child deaths due to violence and torture by parents were reported in the last two years, said Khalid Aba Al-Khail, spokesman of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
Regarding a recent video of a person abusing a child in a shopping mall in the Eastern Province, he said the ministry has addressed the issue with the governorate, visited the shopping mall to check camera footage, and coordinated with Alkhobar police, who are trying to identify the abuser.
Aba Al-Khail termed the incident a case of severe torture and a threat to the child’s health, recalling a royal decree punishing violence and torture.
On measures taken in such cases, he said the victim’s condition is checked in a hospital, coordination is established between the ministry and police, a report is submitted to the public prosecution, and the case is referred to court.
The ministry has male and female social specialists who follow up on torture cases, he added.