Outrage over Saudi `blood money` in girl`s death

Last Updated: Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 21:48

Riyadh: Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter.
The social media campaign gaining momentum today is the latest attempt to use the Internet to pressure the kingdom`s ultraconservative rulers.
Saudi media reports say Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Islamic TV programs, was arrested in November on charges of killing the girl. The reports said he questioned the child`s virginity.

Saudi media say he was freed last week after serving a short prison term and agreeing to pay USD 50,000 in "blood money" to avoid a possible death sentence.

The money was presumably offered to the girl`s mother or other relatives.

PTI




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