An eight-year-old Saudi girl was admitted to hospital after she was severely beaten by her father because she called her divorced mother.
Lina Aseeri was taken to hospital in the southern Saudi town of Khamis Mashit by her teacher who noticed signs of swelling and bruises in various parts of her body.
“She has been severely beaten…examination showed she has swellings and bruises all over her body,” hospital manager Maeed Aseeri told Sada newspaper.
Police said the girl told them she was punished by her father for calling her mother, who separated from her husband three weeks ago.
“Police summoned the father for interrogation and said they would make him write a statement pledging not to beat his daughter again,” the paper said.