How the attempted murder of Dr Muhammad Al Zabn a male gynecologist underscores cultural/sexist tensions in Saudi Arabia.
Jordanian doctor Dr Muhammad Al Zabn has survived an attack on his life after being shot at by the husband of a Saudi woman whose baby he’d just delivered, after the male obstetrician was accused of having seen his wife naked at the time of birth.
The shooting last month, took place at King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi Arabia capital of Riyadh, leaving fellow doctors stunned.
Upon his arrest, the unnamed father told he was humiliated that Dr Muhammad Al Zabn delivered the child after having expected treatment from a female gynecologist.
Local press told of the father having travelled to the hospital after arranging to speak with Dr Al Zabn, who’d been instrumental with the man’s child’s safe arrival. At the time the father had told Dr Muhammad Al Zabn that he wanted to personally thank the medic for safely delivering the birth of his child.
It was from there, according to gulfnews, the unnamed father, smuggled a gun into the hospital grounds, after having agreed to meet the doctor in the hospital’s garden.
Upon making their way to the hospital grounds, the assailant then removed the gun from its hiding place and shot the doctor at point blank range.
Upon having shot the doctor, the gunman ran off with the shot medic rushed to the hospital’s intensive care unit where he is being treated currently.
A hospital spokesman confirmed that the doctor’s condition was stable according to a report via Newsweek.
Following the unwarranted attack, police launched an attempted murder investigation, with the man eventually arrested.
News of the incident led to outcry on social media with some supporting the father.
Equal rights is not on the agenda in the strict Middle Eastern country.
Females are banned from undertaking many day to day tasks to prevent them form coming into contact with men.
It is against Sharia law for them not to have a chaperone when in the company of males unless they are related to them.
The majority of public buildings including offices, banks and universities have separate entrances for both sexes.
As noted by a report via express.co.uk women are not allowed to travel on public transport with men, go to parks, beaches or amusement parks and were even banned from entering a Starbucks coffee shop in the Riyadh.
Breaching laws leads to criminal charges and women can often be threatened with corporal punishment and even the death penalty.
The Saudi moral police known as mutaween or volunteers have the power to arrest unrelated males and females caught socialising.
They are also allowed to arrest anyone engaged in homosexual behavior or prostitution.
In addition using sticks they enforce Islamic dress-codes, and store closures during the prayer time.
Saudi women are required to have a chaperone at all times whenever they leave the house.
They are watched by their male companion while they undertake shopping trips and visits to the doctor.
Authorities claim this protects them from being vulnerable to sin.
At present it is not necessarily understood what punishment the father will face, if any.