Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Association Critical of Police Handling of Child Murder Investigation
13/04/2006By Manal Homeidan
Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- An investigation into the death of nine-year-old Saudi girl Ghosoon revealed that she died as a result of torture suffered at the hands of her father during the one year she remained under his custody. Ghosoon's father divorced her mother whilst she was pregnant with Ghosoon, and the child remained with her mother for nine years until Ghosoon's father won custody over her. Sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat that forensic reports had shown that the child had been tortured as her body was covered with burnt scars and bruises as well as marks indicating the use of handcuffs. Ghosoon's father, who left school at an early age, did not allow her to attend school claiming that she was "mentally unstable," whilst the school's administration argued that Ghosoon had excelled at school. Sources further highlighted that Ghosoon's father admitted to tormenting his daughter with the help of his second wife who is presently being held at the women's prison in Mecca. Ghosoon's 32 year-old father has been detained at Al-Mansour police station in Mecca.
Excuse me but....... What is really sad about this is that the father thinks that it's OK to do this shit and to a point the Authorities are somewhat complacent about it! In Saudi despite what they say, females are worth less than males and are to a point just possesions.