Al Arabiya TV runs a story that warns about the rise in violence against children in Saudi Arabia. It claims that up to 45% of children are victims and that the number is rising.
The article suffers from any sort of definition of violence against children. The individual from the Ministry of Social Affairs, however, states that “Neglecting children and ignoring their needs is also considered a form of violence.” While these are not good for children, I think they fall outside the definition of “violence”. Exaggerating claims to make a point doesn’t further arguments; it weakens them.
A report issued by the Saudi Ministry of Social Affairs revealed that 45 percent of children in the kingdom are victims of different forms of violence, raising concerns about lack of awareness in the society.
“Children are increasingly subjected to violence whether at home or in the classroom and this is a very dangerous phenomenon,” psychologist Sanaa al-Howaili was quoted as saying by the Saudi newspaper al-Riyadh.
According to Howaili, the cases detected by the National Program for Family Security alone have reached 500 in 2011, compared to 292 in 2010.
“This shows the necessity of dealing with the roots of the problem through raising awareness about the right ways of treating children.”