Short jail term for Saudi cleric who 'beat young daughter to death'
Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating to death of his five-year-old daughter.
The social media campaign gaining momentum today is the latest attempt to use the internet to pressure the kingdom’s ultra-conservative rulers.
Saudi media reports say Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Islamic TV programmes, was arrested in November on charges of killing the girl.
Saudi media say he was freed last week after serving a short prison term and agreeing to pay US$50,000 (€36,651) in “blood money” to avoid a possible death sentence.
The money is thought to have been offered to the girl’s mother or other relatives.