Twenty Saudi security men stormed a care home for Orphans in Khamis Mushait governorate and assaulted girls with sticks and electric batons for holding a sit-in and demanding their rights.
Circulated videos showed Security men dressed in Military clothes and other masked men dressed in civilian clothes verbally abusing girls and assaulting them with a belt, pulling their hair and pushing them to the floor, leaving marks on their bodies.
A number of girls were arrested by the Saudi security services; however the Saudi authorities did not disclose the reason or place of their arrest.
Social media activists stressed that the assault and arrest were in response to the sit-ins they organised to demand the improvement of their conditions inside the care home, after being denied their rights by the care home administration.
On Wednesday, the governor of Asir region, Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, issued an order to form an investigation committee on the videos and photos of the incident.
The Saudi authorities have not issued any condemnation for these violations until now.
Saudi Arabia has arrested dozens of women political activists, restricted their freedom and banned them from travelling after their release.
According to human rights reports; many women activists have been subjected to “severe torture”, including sexual harassment, as well as being tried in unfair trials which arbitrarily sentenced them to long years of imprisonment.