Public suicide hoax in Saudi Arabia goes viral
A video falsely claimed to show a person hanging from a bridge
Police said what appeared in the video was a “puppet.” The perpetrators remain unknown, and authorities said “fictitious suicide” is a breach of the law, Al-Hayat reported.
Authorities said the body was a “dummy,” and the aim was “to convince passers-by it is the body of a girl who committed suicide.”
A similar incident also took place in the city of Buraidah. A dummy was dropped off a bridge while dressed in a traditional thobe and ghutra.
The perpetrators of these incidents could be “attention-seekers” looking for “excitement and thrill,” Al-Hayat quoted a psychological expert as saying.