A court in Jeddah has just sentenced a father to a jail term of 8 years behind bars and an additional 700 lashes as punishment for a heinous crime that he had committed. The man had beaten his daughter, who at the time was just seven, to death with a pipe, early last year. The reason behind this crazed act by the man has been stated that the daughter of the man did not love him.[irp]
The lawyer representing the child, Yara, stated that the father, Mr. Mohammad Ali Al Qahtani, can legally file an appeal within a period of 30 days after he receives the notice of the verdict set out by the court. The mother of young Yara can also file a separate appeal for the final judgment in this particular case. This was reported by an online publication in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Young Yara’s mother stated that when she separates and divorced Mr. Al Qahtani, she herself took care of Yara, until the age of seven. That is when Yara’s father refused to let the child stay with her mother. Subsequently, he made Yara shift into his own house in Riyadh along with him.
However, young Yara was not happy at being kept away from her mother and this unhappiness also affected the young child’s health. The mother stated that in accordance with the statement which had been given by Mr. Al Qahtani, as was also recorded by the investigator, he confessed to beating the little child all over her body including the head with a hard pipe.
The father lost his mind and started beating his own daughter to death when she told him that she did not love him. After beating her to near death, he proceeded to lock her up inside a room. In the room, young Yara continued to cry continuously through the time period between Asr and Maghrib prayers. After Maghrib, the father went to check up on her in the room that he had locked her in and found her to be in a semi-conscious and bad condition.
Mr. Al Qahtani then proceeded to take the child and drive to the nearest hospital; however, the child passed away on the way to the hospital, due to the vicious beating that she had received from her very own father. Yara’s mother complained that after her child’s death, Mr. Al Qahtani did not even have the decency to inform her of her child’s demise.[irp]
Instead, the inhumane father decided to keep Yara’s body in the mortuary in between 23rd of September and 5TH of October. Yara’s mother only found out that her daughter had passed away when she went to Riyadh to visit her daughter and was told that she was no more.
What Mr. Al Qahtani has done is sickening and disgusting, and it is good to see that the law is doing its job and this insane man will be behind bars and punished severely for his actions.