Saudi Arabia does have very strict rules for its women, so much so that they cannot even step out without the supervision of a male relative, however, its children continue to remain unsafe. The recent murder of a six-year-old boy in the Islamic pilgrimage site of Medina has raised concerns over lack of public concern in the kingdom.
Zakaria Al-Jaber, around the age of six, was travelling with his mother in a taxi to the Prophet’s mosque. According to The Muslim Vibe, the taxi for some unknown reasons pulled over and then dragged the boy out of the car to a coffee shop.
This happened near the Al-Tilal neighbourhood. He smashed a glass bottle to obtain a piece of glass which he used to slit the throat of the boy. The mother and a policeman attempted to stop the attacker but all their efforts went in vain. The mother later collapsed out of trauma.