Saudi woman dies after husband leaves her in car for 10 hours

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Riyadh| A 36-year old woman was found dead after being left all day in a hot sport utility vehicle in a factory parking lot.

According to Saudi authorities, Fiza Haifeh died of hyperthermia after spending more than 10 hours locked up in her husband’s car, with the temperature hovering around 45 °C (113 Fahrenheit) much of the afternoon.

Her husband told officers that he didn’t have time to drop his wife off at home before going to work and that he forgot to open a window like he usually did when he left her in the car.

The temperature inside the car is believed to have rapidly reached over 70 °C (158 Fahrenheit). Stuck inside the car for hours at such temperatures, the woman had no chance of survival.

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Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, told reporters that no charges would be filed against Fiza Haifeh’s husband, since her death was unintentional.

Every year, approximately 2500 people die of hyperthermia across the world after being left in vehicles.

The majority of these victims are elderly people or young children. In the Arabian peninsula, however, more than 75% of the victims are adult woman, who are left in cars by their husbands or brethren.

In Saudi Arabia alone, the numbers of heatstroke deaths of women in cars averages 37 a year, with a record of 49 in 2010.

According to Human Rights Watch, these women prefer to remain in the vehicles and endure unbearable heat rather than exiting and facing possible arrest and physical punishment.

Although women’s rights have been incrementally extended in recent years, women who walk alone in the street still face up to 50 lashes if they get caught.

5 Comments on "Saudi woman dies after husband leaves her in car for 10 hours"

  1. Hasbiah allah wne3ma al wakil
    حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل

  2. Arabian culture is so SH??T. Their men are so selfish and dumb? I’m shocked. Wait till the oil runs out!

  3. How come she couldn’t open the door of the car from inside? I don’t think it is possible for a grown up person to not open door or window.

  4. Omg what IS your problem Arabic men ! For pity s sake whoever amongst you are good and compassionate – there must be good compassionate men ? do SOMETHING to change your truly truly vile cruel cultural attitudes and behaviours.

  5. Asif did you not read a woman can face 50 lashes for walking alone on the street and so they stay in the car? Obviously if she could just open the bloody door and leave then she would but clearly for whatever reason that is not an option !!! These people are monstrous pigs.

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