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KINGDOM

TUESDAY 25 APRIL 2017,

SAUDI GAZETTE

3

CRIMES

CASUALTIES

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Local Viewpoints are translated from the Arabic press to bring current mainstream opinions published in Saudi

media to a worldwide audience. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily

reflect the views and opinions of Saudi Gazette or of its team.

Poverty is the real scourge

that threatens humans and

deprives them of all values.

People go to the extremes

when they do not get their life

requirements and they are

forced to adopt inappropriate

methods. Others will judge

these poor people as criminals

and morally deprived, without

considering their helpless

situation. There are millions

of people who spend sleepless

nights for not having even a

loaf of bread to satisfy their

hunger.

Pushing people to poverty

P

OVERTY is

one of the

most danger-

ous epidemics.

It is capable of

destroying a whole na-

tion. It not only affects

a single country or na-

tion but spreads to other

countries, penetrating

the body of the whole

world, thus settling in

every country and feed-

ing the misery of its liv-

ing creatures. It kills and

displaces everything that

breaths on the earth.

Asma, a Saudi worker,

received her termination

notice with great shock.

The director of the HR

department at the com-

pany told her that they

were forced to terminate

her service because of

falling oil prices and that

the same notice has been

given to six other employ-

ees. He also told her that

she was lucky for having

received two-month sal-

ary as compensation.

She returned to her

office and tried to ac-

commodate that calamity.

Then she started think-

ing about the money she

spends on purchasing

diabetes medicine for her

son, on education of her

son Ahmed, a Grade V

student, school expenses

of Ahmed and his sister,

the house rent and the

salary paid to the driver

who takes her to work

every day.

She thought about the

thousands of life require-

ments which she would

relinquish. However, she

was unable to convince

herself the reason for

her retrenchment by her

huge foreign company,

which has been expand-

ing its activities in the

Kingdom. The company

that signed a multi-bil-

lion riyal contract with

the state-owned oil giant

is now terminating her

from service for oil price

fall!?

She opened the com-

puter and went through

the achievements she

had made for the com-

pany. She also reviewed

the emails of praise she

received from company

management. She for-

warded a copy of those

letters of appreciation to

her manager. The man-

ager came to her office

and informed her that

the termination notice

had nothing to do with

her performance and

that the measure was

taken on the basis of La-

bor Law to protect the

By Hala Al-Qahtani

Al-Watan

company’s interests.

During the same week

Asma saw the appointment

of three non-Saudis and

were given her position and

others after making some

changes in their titles. They

were given higher salaries

ranging between SR30,000

to SR60,000. In the second

week, the manager told

her with a broad smile that

she can leave the company

before the end of notice

period as her presence has

now become redundant.

Asma went out of the

office early on that day

and paid the rent for two

months so that she would

not find herself and her

children in the street. In

the meantime, she com-

municated with the Labor

Ministry for six months to

get her reinstated in the

company but her efforts

went fruitless.

One year passed with

extreme difficulty. People

stopped giving her loans.

She knocked at the doors of

companies, shops and even

small kiosks to get a job,

unfortunately she could not

get one. The main reason

was her qualification and

experience, which were

higher than what was re-

quired for the vacant jobs.

Since the beginning of

this year she has sold out

furniture of her modest

apartment. In the mean-

time, she started begging

for the livelihood of her

children.Whenever she

went to a grocery store she

asked clients to pay for

some foodstuffs. She also

approached women to buy

some food for her children

and resorted to begging

after she ran out of solu-

tions.

I saw Asma wearing

niqab when I went to a

pharmacy to purchase

some medicine. She re-

quested me to purchase

insulin vaccines for her

son as she does not have

enough money. I agreed to

buy insulin for her son and

asked her whether she re-

quired anything else. She

then grabbed my hand and

could not control her tears,

a scene that would break

even stones.

Poverty is the real

scourge that threatens hu-

mans and deprives them

of all values. People go to

the extremes when they do

not get their life require-

ments and they are forced

to adopt inappropriate

methods. Others will judge

these poor people as crimi-

nals and morally deprived,

without considering their

helpless situation. There

are millions of people who

spend sleepless nights for

not having even a loaf of

bread to satisfy their hun-

ger.

With poverty, spiri-

tual values are replaced

by mundane values. The

most painful thing is the

disappearance of compas-

sion and people’s solidar-

ity with the downtrodden.

Some people and organi-

zations lie on providing

assistance to the poor and

publish bulletins to spread

their lies and you see mil-

lions of poor and displaced

people languishing under

poverty.

People around the

world are not born poor.

They are impoverished in

the name of development.

Superpowers have robbed

the resources of weak

countries during their co-

lonial campaigns, depriving

poor countries of their re-

sources to become impov-

erished nations. Poverty can

kill people of any country.

There is no goodness in

nations that contribute to

spreading poverty.

Two teachers killed

in Al-Leeth accident

MAKKAH —

Two teachers died and three were injured

in a road accident south of Al-Leeth Governorate on

Sunday. Al-Leeth Traffic Department Director Col. Nawaf

Al-Nufaie said the accident resulted in the death of two

teachers and their Egyptian driver. The ill-fated vehicle,

he said, toppled over another near the school complex

in Al-Wasfah Village. Paramedics transported the victims

to the hospital.

Seven arrested for

kidnapping girl

NORTHERN BORDERS —

Seven persons were arrested

for kidnapping a 14-year old girl from her house. The girl

was later freed. Northern Borders Police spokesman Col.

Uwaid Al-Enizi said a citizen lodged a complaint that

the seven men broke into his sister’s house in Al-Salhiyah

District. The house only had young children and their dis-

abled father. The seven men allegedly took the girl into

their car but released her later. The girl walked back to

her house. The police investigated the case and tracked

down the suspects. The seven men were arrested later

on. Three of those arrested are minors and the rest are

in their 20s and 30s. The case has been forwarded to the

pertinent authorities.

Citizen executed

for murder

RIYADH —

A citizen was executed on Sunday for mur-

der. The Ministry of Interior reported the Saudi man Ali

Al-Shebani was sentenced to death for shooting dead

a compatriot, Mushabib Al-Shibani, in a group fight. The

Public Court issued the death sentence against him and

the sentence was approved by the Court of Appeals

and the Supreme Court. The man was executed in Al-

Quwaiyah in Riyadh.

10 terror suspects

apprehended

RIYADH —

The police arrested 10 suspects on Saturday

for joining Daesh (the so-called IS) terror organization.

Riyadh Security Authority received information related to

suspected terrorists and specially assigned police teams

tracked the suspects down and arrested them. Seven of

them were Saudis, two Pakistanis and one of them was

Yemeni. The suspects are still under interrogation.

— By

Mishal Al-Otaibi/SG

Two arrested

for robbery

RIYADH —

The

police arrested two

men for armed

robbery. Riyadh Po-

lice reported there

were several viral

videos on social

media showing the

two men robbing

pharmacies in the

east of Riyadh. The

police investigated

the crimes and

tracked down two

Saudi men as sus-

pects. The police

found the weapon

used in their rob-

beries and an un-

specified amount

of money. The two

men confessed to

their crimes and have been held for further investiga-

tions.

— By Mishal Al-Otaibi/SG

12,870 alimony cases

reviewed in 7 months

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —

Courts in various

parts of the Kingdom have re-

ceived 12,870 alimony cases dur-

ing the past seven months repre-

senting about five percent of the

260,104 family affairs lawsuits,

local daily Al-Watan said citing

legal sources.

It said the family affairs law-

suits also included 12,256 child

custody cases.

Nijoud Qasim, a female law-

yer and a legal consultant, ex-

pected alimony cases to increase

in the absence of a system that

would make it obligatory on the

husbands to pay the alimony

without going to courts.

She said the amount of ali-

mony is discretionary for the

judge to decide according to the

husband’s income and the needs

of the children.

Qasim said some well-off

husbands would be extremely

miserly when it comes to paying

alimony for their children and

might claim bankruptcy to avoid

doing this.

She welcomed the decision

of the Justice Ministry to set up a

special visitation centers for the

husbands and wives to visit their

children.

This was previously done at

various police stations.

“This is much better for both

the children and the parents,” she

said.

Meanwhile, sources said

the courts in the Kingdom had

looked at 7,188 beating cases

against citizens and expatriates

during 2016.

They said Makkah, with 2,085

such cases, topped all the regions

followed by Riyadh which had

1,333 cases while Najran regis-

tered the lowest cases of beating

with only 101.

The sources said there were

923 beating cases in the Eastern

Province, 646 in Asir, 497 in Ma-

dinah, 388 in Qasim, 376 in Ta-

buk, 213 in Jazan, 210 in Hail, 184

in the Northern Borders, 117 in

Baha and 115 in Al-Jouf.

They said during the same

year, the emergency wards of the

hospitals received through the

Red Crescent Authority 18,256

cases of fighting before they were

reported to the police.

They said most of the cases

resulted in minor injuries and

bruises and added that most of

the people involved in the fights

were in the age group of 17-24.

Nijoud Qasim, a female

lawyer and a legal

consultant, expected

alimony cases to

increase in the absence

of a system that would

make it obligatory on

the husbands to pay the

alimony without going

to courts. She said the

amount of alimony is

discretionary for the

judge to decide according

to the husband’s income

and the needs of the

children.