A 6-year-old boy beheaded in Saudi Arabia, has triggered a public outrage, after his parent was accused of practicing the wrong form of Islam
The boy was attacked with a piece of broken glass in front of his screaming mum, a campaign group has claimed.
The child and his mum were allegedly approached while visiting a shrine to the Prophet Muhammad in Medina and asked if they were Shia Muslims.
The mum reportedly said yes and several minutes later a car pulled up beside them and the child was snatched away from her.
The boy was repeatedly stabbed in the neck with a piece of broken glass until he was beheaded, it is claimed.
His helpless mum could only watch and scream as the horror unfolded.
Saudi Arabia’s predominant branch of Islam is Sunni, accounting for around three quarters of the population.
Shia Rights Watch, a Washington DC-based campaign group, said: “There was no intervention from anyone and no response from authority thus far.
“The Saudi Shia community came together in mourning and to show solidarity with the parents.
“The community also reported this incident is a result of ongoing violations and lack of protection by the Saudi authority toward its Shia population.
“Saudi Shia have been under military crackdown by their government and many Shia are in prisons and on death toll.”
Capital punishment is a legal penalty in Saudi Arabia. The country performed at least 158 executions in 2015, at least 154 executions in 2016, and at least 146 executions in 2017.
Death sentences in Saudi Arabia are pronounced almost exclusively based on the system of judicial sentencing discretion (tazir) rather than Sharia-prescribed (hudud) punishments, following the classical principle that hudud penalties should be avoided if possible. The rise in death sentences during recent decades resulted from a concerted reaction by the government and the courts to a rise of violent crime in the 1970s and paralleled similar developments in the U.S. and China in late 20th century.
Saudi Arabia has a criminal justice system based on a hardline and literal form of Shari’ah law reflecting a particular state-sanctioned interpretation of Islam.
It is usually carried out publicly by beheading with a sword. A recent report by the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) shows that the number of beheadings in the kingdom during the first quarter of 2018 rose by over 70 percent compared to the same period last year. Occasionally they can be performed by shooting.
A public beheading will typically take place around 9am. The convicted person is walked into the square and kneels in front of the executioner. The executioner uses a sword known as a sulthan to remove the condemned person’s head from his or her body at the neck.
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