In this installment of "Saudi life laid bare" we find a column on domestic violence.
A Saudi nurse held the hand of a 10-year-old boy and took him aside to whisper in his ear: “Aren’t you the man of the house? Don’t you feel protective of your sister?” The little boy answered, “Yes.” So she said to him, “Why don’t you advise her? You are responsible for her.”The sister's age? 18.
This incident happened when an 18-year-old girl, with her head uncovered, came to the clinic ahead of her mother and younger brother. Her red hair said much about her rebellious character and her mother appeared weak and helpless.