A video of a man forcibly kissing a little boy on a kiddie ride is circulating, with the following warning :
You might find this incredulous, until you actually watch the clip. Yes, there is a video clip of this incident, which we have edited to better show you what’s going on. On the right is the original clip. On the left is the zoomed-in view.
Before you start panicking, this didn’t happen here in Malaysia, but in Saudi Arabia…
Why Was The Man Forcibly Kissing A Little Boy On His Kiddie Ride?
This incident occurred on the 19th of August 2015 at the Al-Qasr Mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Members of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) were on a routine patrol when they saw and recorded that footage.
It showed a Bangladeshi man forcibly kissing a little boy who was on a kiddie ride. The boy appears to resist him, even pushing him away, but the man forcibly kisses the boy multiple times. They immediately arrested him but he denied abusing the boy.
Then, on the 7th of September 2015, a video was released that showed the boy with his father and the man, who was identified as his uncle.
It was claimed to be evidence that proves that he was not abusing the child, because it’s apparently their culture to kiss nephews and nieces that way…
The Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has not commented on this new video, and the Bangladeshi man remains in custody.
So was it child abuse, or just a cultural misunderstanding? You decide.
I would like to thank Chua Pek Koon for bringing this to my attention, and William Wong for so quickly identifying the source. Thanks so much, guys!