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CRIMES

CASUALTIES

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

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There are lessons that need

to be learned in order to

protect our children.

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TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2018

The digital evidence

I

N a recent incident,

a 15-year-old boy

was given first aid

and then rushed

to hospital after a

failed suicide attempt.

Everyone was shocked.

They started asking what

made the boy to attempt

suicide at this young age.

Was he bullied at school?

Was it the BlueWhale

game? Was it drugs? Or

was it something else?

What did the father dis-

cover?

Before I answer what

led to the boy’s suicide

attempt, let us get familiar

with the danger of smart-

phones to minors. Many

families are careless and

neglect the danger posed

by smartphones to their

children. Smartphones

could become the means

to drive youngsters to sui-

cide or to a scandal.

Smartphones allow

minors to interact with

the outside world through

social networking sites

such as WhatsApp, Tele-

gram, Facebook, Twitter,

Snapchat and many other

applications. In the cyber

world, there are hard-core

criminals and wolves that

hide behind their virtual

identity. These criminals

prey on minors, exploit

them and expose them to

many hazards. Some of

these include bullying,

luring them, gathering

information about their

family, extortions, sexual

abuse, exposure to drugs

and using them as drug

carriers.

Back to the story of the

young boy, did the reader

figure out what was the

reason behind his suicide

attempt? At the beginning,

the boy refused to talk to

anyone because he was

in a very bad psychologi-

cal condition. The father

then examined his son’s

cell phone quickly. He

was shocked and became

hysterical. Everyone was

surprised by the behavior

of the father while they

tried to calm him down.

The father could not be-

lieve what he saw on the

phone. He discovered that

his son was a victim of

sexual harassment and he

was photographed. How

did this human wolf man-

aged to prey on this inno-

cent boy?

The boy was talented

and he loved photography.

He had a wish to become

famous one day. He was

posting his photos on

Instagram and Twitter.

This human wolf contacted

him through Twitter using a

fake account and asked him

whether the photos were his

own. The boy answered yes.

The human wolf then told

the boy that he was interest-

ed in his photos, but asked

him first to prove that they

were indeed his. He asked

the boy to take a photo of

his room and send it to him

on his WhatsApp number

in five minutes. He told the

boy that if he proved that

this was his photo, then

he could help promote his

account on social media,

claiming that he has many

followers. The human wolf

used the boy’s passion for

photography to get his per-

sonal information, including

his phone number.

The boy sent the photo

to the man’s mobile phone,

but he committed the big-

gest mistake by revealing his

phone number to a stranger,

who now has a direct con-

tact with him.

The human wolf did

not fulfill his promise of

promoting the boy’s ac-

count and asked for more

time to do a good campaign

for him. The relationship

evolved over time and he

started to send porn mate-

rials to the boy on his cell

phone. He then asked the

boy to take indecent photos

of himself. The man then

started encouraging the boy

to sexually harass his rela-

tives. He tried to lure the

boy to an isolated location,

but he could not. At the

end, the boy slipped into a

bad mental state after the

man started blackmailing

him. This led him to at-

tempt suicide.

Every time the boy was

in contact with this hu-

man wolf, he was inside

his house. Dear reader,

do you now realize the

hidden danger of smart-

phones? What do you

think of this case? Do you

support anti-harassment

legislation or support se-

vere punitive measures?

Most of the people will

ask for both, because of

the gravity of this act.

Some people will go to

the extreme and call for

the man’s execution.

Did we pause to think

about what the family

and the victim were going

through? Did we think

about the root causes of

this case? Some people

may point the finger of

blame at the parents, but

what if the boy was an

orphan or his father was

away for work?

There are lessons that

need to be learned in

order to protect our chil-

dren.We

need to first re-

alize the danger of smart-

phones.We

need to edu-

cate our children about

this danger and tell them

that the virtual world is

replete with criminals.

We need to stress the im-

portance of not talking to

strangers.

Parents need to modify

the phone to suit the age

of the child. Parents need

to regularly check the

phone to see its content.

We need to teach our

children on how to deal

with danger and to alert

their parents or school.

We need to create com-

munity police under the

umbrella of the Interior

Ministry. Lastly, we need

to shed light on this issue

in our media to educate

society at large.

The message I want

to send to human wolves

is when they exploit their

victims, they should know

that God’s punishment

is severe. If they take

advantage of children

who are lonely because

their fathers are away,

they should think they

might be away on a mis-

sion to help building our

economy or defend our

country. These human

wolves should never be

allowed the satisfaction of

destroying the stability of

the Saudi family and the

security of the country.

KSA, UAE biggest donors to

Yemen response plan: OCHA

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —

Saudi Arabia and

the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

are the largest donors to the Ye-

men Humanitarian Response

Plan, according to a top UN of-

ficial.

George Khoury, deputy direc-

tor of the United Nations Office

for the Coordination of Humani-

tarian Affairs (OCHA), made the

remarks after holding talks with

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, su-

pervisor general of King Salman

Humanitarian Aid and Relief

Center (KSrelief), in Riyadh re-

cently. Khoury is a former head

of OCHA’s Yemen office.

At the meeting, which took

place at KSrelief’s headquarters

in Riyadh, the two officials dis-

cussed ways to strengthen the

partnership between the two or-

ganizations and increase cooper-

ation in crisis-affected countries

worldwide.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah gave the UN

official an overview of the cen-

ter’s humanitarian work since its

inception in May 2015.

In a press statement follow-

ing the meeting, Khoury said the

visit indeed served to strengthen

the existing partnership between

OCHA and KSrelief.

“The assistance provided by

the center to humanitarian orga-

nizations operating in the Middle

East is very generous,” he said.

The OCHA official added

that he and Dr. Al-Rabeeah had

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah receives George Khoury, deputy director of

the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

(OCHA), in Riyadh recently.

Saudi risks own life to

save elderly woman

QURAYYAT —

A brave Saudi man

rescued an elderly woman who was

trapped on a small island surrounded

by floodwaters in the northern Saudi

region of Al-Jouf. The woman was

crossing a valley when she was sur-

prised by fast moving water. A video

clip widely circulated on social me-

dia showed the man risking his life to

reach the woman. He secured her

with a rope and waited for the Civil

Defense to arrive and carry her to

safety. The woman was pulled to safe-

ty. She suffered only minor injuries.

Teen stabbed to death

in fight over parking

RIYADH —

A 17-year-old Saudi boy

was arrested for the murder of another

Saudi teenager following a fight over

parking space outside a restaurant

in Riyadh. Police were notified about

the fight. When the officers reached

the location, they found the body of

an 18-year-old boy, who was stabbed

to death. Police said a quarrel over

parking space outside the restaurant

escalated into a fistfight. The younger

boy took out a knife from his car and

stabbed the victim multiple times, kill-

ing him instantly. The suspect was ar-

rested and handed over to the Public

Prosecution.

Asian expat killed in

motorcycle accident

AHSA —

An Asian expatriate who was

riding a motorbike through a dirt road

in Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province, was

killed when he crashed with a car.

Police denied reports that a woman

was driving the car involved in the

accident. Police said a man was driv-

ing the car and his wife was sitting in

the passenger seat at the time of the

accident. The body of the victim was

transferred to Al-Jafr General Hospital.

Two executed for

smuggling drugs

TABUK —

Two Egyptian nationals

were executed in Tabuk on Sunday

for smuggling a large number of the

prohibited amphetamine pills and a

quantity of cannabis in the Kingdom,

the Ministry of Interior said in a state-

ment carried by the Saudi Press Agen-

cy. Youssef Faraj Saad Muslim and Mo-

hammed Abdullah Audeh Awad were

executed in Tabuk after a royal order

was issued to carry out the verdict

against the convicted drug smugglers.

Earlier, the appeals court and the Su-

preme Court upheld the verdict issued

by the criminal court sentencing the

Egyptians to death.

Four students, driver

injured in bus crash

BAHA —

Four female students and

their driver were injured when their

minibus crashed into the back of a

truck on Al-Baha ring road. The mini-

bus was transporting the students from

the university back to their homes

when the accident took place. Teams

from the Saudi Red Crescent trans-

ferred the injured students to King

Fahd Hospital for treatment.

— Okaz/Saudi Gazette

By Abdul Razzak

Al-Murjan

Okaz

discussed the importance of

strengthening their partnership

and bilateral cooperation in pro-

viding assistance to Yemen, Pales-

tine, Syria and other countries in

which the two organizations have

worked together.

“As you know, there is a $3

billion humanitarian funding re-

quirement for us to carry out re-

lief work in Yemen during 2018.

The Kingdom and the UAE have

provided generous support by do-

nating $1 billion to UN organiza-

tions for this plan,” Khoury said.

“The center,” he added, “also

has a wide range of other projects

implemented directly in Yemen,

which are not being carried out

through the Yemen Humanitarian

Response Plan.”

He concluded his remarks by

thanking Saudi Arabia for its on-

going support. He said the King-

dom “is one of the largest donors

of relief assistance” worldwide.

He also expressed his appreci-

ation to KSrelief for its role in car-

rying out the Kingdom’s extensive

humanitarian initiatives.