Mother forces her children to steal
By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA | ARAB NEWS
Published: Jun 8, 2010 23:22 Updated: Jun 8, 2010 23:22
MAKKAH: Residents of Makkah have been left shocked following news that a
naturalized Saudi woman forced her five children to steal from malls and
Details of the woman and her children came to light after her husband took the
couple's children to a hospital for psychiatric help and threatened to take her
The father, who asked for his name not to be published, told Arab News that he
only learned what his wife was forcing his children to do after they refused to
obey her and told him.
"She was forcing them to steal and then blackmailing them into complying with
her orders. When they stopped doing what she was telling them to do, she came
to me and told me that they were thieves," said the man.
"I was furious and reprimanded them. They then broke down and told me that it
was their mother who was making them steal. I realized that I had been deceived
by her and then took my children for psychological treatment," he added.
The man also expressed remorse that he was oblivious to what had been going on
for so many years.
His eldest son, Nizar, 16, told Arab News that his mother had been involved in
some very disturbing activities for several years. "She's been in relationships
with other men. She would leave us alone when we were out and go off with her
male friends," he said.
He added that when he threatened to tell his father, his mother said she would
tell him that he was a shoplifter. "I had to succumb to what she was saying and
carry on," he said.
The man's daughter, Sahar, said that when she refused to steal her mother
changed tactics and asked her to cover her while she stole herself. "She would
also visit apartments where she would leave me alone in a room and go off with
other men in other rooms," she said.
The man's other son, Majdi, 13, said his mother taught him and his
nine-year-old brother how to steal. "She stitched hidden pockets in our clothes
and taught us how to steal. She used to tell us we weren't doing anything wrong
as these shops actually belonged to our grandparents," he said.
"We used to go out with my mother in the early afternoon and return with lots
of stuff late at night," he added.
The man's youngest daughter, seven-year-old Rinad, said her mother told her to
cry loudly if she was ever caught. "I was once caught red-handed. I immediately
started crying and the shopkeeper let me go. He took back what I had taken and
didn't call the police," she said.
Dr. Rajab Brisali, a psychiatrist at Hira Hospital, said the authorities should
make the woman undergo examination by psychiatrists who specialize in
criminology at Taif Mental Hospital.
"Children can be subject to all sorts of mental problems when their mothers
ignore their duties as role models and guides," he added.
He also said that if these children are not properly treated they might end up
suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression, when they grow older.
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