Saudi father is arrested after footage of the moment he forced his young daughter to smoke a cigarette goes viral online
- Filmed in Saudi Arabia, the young girl appears at most two or three-years-old
- The video went viral and the father was seized by police investigating the case
- Saudi Arabian public prosecution issued a statement saying its role was to protect society – even if it meant arresting parents
This is the moment a father appears to film himself forcing his innocent young daughter to smoke.
A video, which appears to have been taken by the father, shows him placing a cigarette in his daughter’s mouth.
Filmed in Saudi Arabia, the youngster looks just two or three years old.
She appears to breathe in the deadly fumes before exhaling as he removes the roll-up.
He can be heard saying something as if asking her if she wants more, she then nods.
Footage shows him return the cigarette to her mouth at which point she has an even longer drag.
Shocking footage shows the father encouraging his child to take a drag on his cigarette
But after the footage was posted on Twitter it went viral and was viewed more than 226,000 times.
Police saw it began to hunt the father, issuing a warrant for his arrest, local media report.
Just a few days later he was seized by police investigating the case, according to local media.
It is not clear on what ground the man was arrested, or is being held.
Saudi Arabian public prosecution issued a statement saying its role was to protect society and hold those who break its rules to account – even if that meant arresting parents.
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