Lately, a video has been the “hot topic” among the social media users. A video was uploaded on social media where a 15 years old boy offended Muslims by spitting on their Holy book, the Holy Quran. The video took everyone by storm. People around the Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were shocked and expressed their anger.
The viral video was shared on the social media platform with a hashtag of “#مواطن_يسيء_للقران_الكريم”. People shared their views on it. Some people did not share the video as they said that it is better not to see the shameful act, they used a hashtag and a screenshot of the video. They heavily criticized the 15 years old boy.
The people called for an immediate action. They said that such an act is intolerable and thereby the boy shall be made subject to punishment. Some even gave forward the view that the boy shall be arrested and given a death sentence.
Some of the users said that the act is so shameful that they could not watch the video completely. Some regretted seeing their Holy book being offended in such a nasty manner. Some did not give a verdict and condemned the act while others would just ask for harsh punishment like lashes and imprisonment.
But the beauty of social media is diversity. Where many have been criticizing the teen and asking for punishment, some gave a completely opposite view. They actually defended the boy. They said that the boy is only 15 years old, he is not too old to be sensible.
Some argued that he must have done this to catch the public attention without understanding the sensitivity of the matter. Some even pointed that the boy might be mentally ill as he is naked in the video. They asked others to not be harsh with the boy. He can be educated about the matter and we can come up with a reasonable solution; execution is by no means a reasonable solution.[irp]
The matter spur debate among the Gulf region and the video was the Breaking news among social media and electronic media. The video went viral so much so that the Riyadh authorities had to jump in the matter.
The video alarmed the Riyadh authorities and they arrested the teen who was seen in the video offending the Holy Book of Muslims. According to Gen. Fawaz Al Meeman, who is the spokesperson for the Riyadh Police, the boy was identified and then tracked down. He, for now, is taken to the social services detention center.
The final action will be taken by the prosecutor office of Riyadh. The spokesperson made it clear that the Prosecutor officer has been briefed about the whole incident and it shall come up with a verdict, soon. We hope that the Riyadh’s prosecutor deals with the matter wisely and comes up with a decision that serves justice!