I dont go to classes often because of the poor conditions in the university. Faculty members and administrative officials treat us badly. She added that students wanted a total change in the situation and that they were fully aware of their rights as students. A student who gave her name as H.S said the authorities did not even bother to furnish lecture halls with a sufficient number of chairs and the complaints of students were never heeded. A parent, who did not want his name published, said most of the water taps remain closed and the cafeteria was not open on Wednesday.
The sister of an injured girl alleged students were shoved or beaten up, causing injuries. A number of officers from the police, Civil Defense, Health Department and Red Crescent as well as members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) were present at the scene of the disturbances. Parents of the injured girls demanded the Ministry of Education set up a commission to investigate the issues.
A spokesman of the Health Department in Asir province said 22 students were admitted to hospitals such as Asir Central, Ahad Rafidah General, military hospital, Abha General and Khamis Mushayt General. He added 31 cases were treated on the campus itself. Haia spokesman in the province Awad Al-Asmari said 50 commission members were sent to the scene. They provided protection to students, helped girls contact their parents and collaborated with other departments to solve the issue as quickly as possible.
The spokesman denied any girls were injured by Haia members. On the other hand, the Haia presence created a sense of peace and security in the girls, he said.
2012 Arab News