The social services department in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, is investigating the case of a boy who was reportedly severely beaten by his father. A picture of the boy’s savagely lacerated skull figured prominently in a local paper. The newspaper report said that the social services are coordinating with the health authorities in this particular case. Meanwhile, it is of some relief to people in the kingdom that social media continues to expose incidents of violent behavior, illegal acts and other travesties of justice.
The mainstream media has to follow suit and write more about these violations, because ignoring such human rights abuses will not only result in a loss of readership but in a greater loss to our society. In the Jazan boy’s case, we await the results of further investigation. If the father is proven to be guilty, he should be given a severe punishment which will act as a deterrent to others.
Parents should be held accountable. Those who abuse their children should not be granted legal custody of themKhaled Almaeena