Dubai: A Saudi man punished his son for refusing to eat by burning his foot with a hot iron rod.
In a video that has gone viral, the man is seen heating the bar with a hand while he pinned down the child, who`s screaming for help, with the other. Later, two other men were seen holding the kid, who kept giggling, as the father burnt the boy`s foot with the bar, Gulf News reported.
Hajar Ali Ebrahim Al Ateen, a family counsellor, said that the act was a criminal offence, and the men including the one who filmed the child`s plight, were not worthy to be fathers.
Meanwhile, several other activists including, Garam Allah Al Zahrani, a rights activist, too raised voice for the four men to be put on trial saying that what they "committed was a horrible crime."
According to the reports, Saudi Arabia had recorded 206 cases of violence against children in 2012, and the doctors and activists there have been constantly pushing for a legal action to protect children from domestic violence and bullying at school.