An enraged Saudi man shot an obstetrician for helping deliver a baby at the King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The unnamed attacker was reported to have carried out the shooting because he did not believe a man should have helped his wife give birth.
Dr Muhannad Al Zabn, who has a Jordanian father and a Saudi mother, delivered the baby a month ago at the hospita. l Reports said the woman’s husband went to the hospital and said he wanted to thank the doctor, Saudi news site Sabq reported on Thursday. “The husband came to the hospital looking for the doctor and shot him in the chest in an attempt to kill him for helping his wife deliver a baby,” said a hospital spokesperson.
The two met in the garden of the hospital and during the conversation, the shooter took out a gun he had concealed under his clothes and fired at the doctor.
Zubn is said to be recovering in hospital and was said to be out of danger. The assailant fled the scene, but was later picked up by police.
The attacker found some support on Twitter, with many saying that a a female doctor should have attended to the pregnant woman.
Saudi Arabia has strict laws governing gender segregation in public places. In 2011, more than 100 doctors and religious leaders wrote to the ministry of health urging them to build women-only hospitals. There is also a Facebook group named “Pure Hospitals”, a campaign for hospitals where all staff – from surgeons to cleaners – were women.
“The mixing of men and women in hospitals and other places leads to corruption and vices such as exchanging looks, breakdowns in barriers between men and women, and unethical relationships forbidden in Islam,” Arab News reported the woman as saying. Male doctors in Saudi hospitals can only legally treat women in extreme circumstances, and then only with the presence of a male guardian.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has issued orders that women cannot visit clinics without a male member of their family acting as a guardian. – CINEWS