Outrage As Saudi Arabia Forcibly Brings Back Woman Who Escaped Threat To Life In Country

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7:39 pm 16 Apr, 2017

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Though a very large section of the liberals, seculars and champions of feminism ignore it, the condition of women in Saudi Arabia is the worst in the world.

 

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Now a video showing a Saudi Arabian woman’s plight has gone viral on the internet. In the video, the woman, whose face is not visible, is heard saying that she fears for her life in Saudi Arabia.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) and women’s rights activists, the woman is 24-year-old Dina Ali Lasloom who is trying to flee to Australia to escape a forced marriage back home in Saudi Arabia.

 

She is heard saying:

“If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead. Please help me. I’m recording this video to (let others) help me and know that I am real and here. I stopped in Philippines for a transit [sic]. They took my passport and locked me for 13 hours. If my family come, they will kill me [sic]. If anything happens to me that’s on Philippines airlines and the Saudi Arabian government.”

According to reports Dina, who flew from Saudi Arabia, landed in trouble while trying to board a connecting flight to Australia from Manila in Philippines. Saudi Arabian Female Empowerment (SAFE) Movement said that she was bound for Sydney when officials at Philippines took her passport away.

The incident happened on April 9.

The sad news is that Dina has already been sent back to Saudi Arabia and her whereabouts are unknown.

Reports published in Philippine media say that Saudi Arabia had officially requested for her detention at the airport and deportation to the kingdom.

Members from Saudi Arabian embassy in Manila arrived at the airport to escort her out of the country. Observer quotes a publication saying that one of the members identified himself as Dina’s father, which she denied.

(The woman in the purple shawl is Dina.)

 

Other passengers at the airport heard Dina’s screams while she was taken away.

 

Other sources say that her mouth was taped and she was forcibly removed from the airport on to a plane bound for Riyadh.

The woman who helped Dina in making and posting the video was Meagan Khan. In a series of Facebook posts, Khan narrated how she met Dina and how the latter sought her help to the point where her so called “uncles” came to take her away.

And even more shocking is that Saudi Arabian government reportedly detained another woman, a doctor, who came to the Riyadh airport on April 11 seeking information about Dina.

 

Furious over Dina’s deportation and Alaa’s detention, many expressed their outrage at Saudi Arabia as well as the self-proclaimed feminists who turn a blind eye to the plight of women in the world’s most regressive Islamic country.

 


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Many are calling for the boycott of Saudi Airlines. The hashtag #SaveDinaAli was fast trending on Twitter at the time of writing.

But why was Dina prevented from flying to Australia? The reason as stated by the Saudi Arabian government is a reflection of the medieval world that kingdom is still living in.

According to HRW, the Saudi Arabian Female Empowerment (SAFE) movement had stated on April 10 that Dina was detained because she flew without the presence or consent of a male guardian – a necessity under Saudi Arabian law.

It is a known fact that NO woman in Saudi Arabia can step outside their house without either the presence of the consent of a male. And Dina is accused of flying thousands of kilometers away without doing either.

 

An ISHR campaign calling for an end to oppression of women in the Islamic world. ISHR

HRW says that restrictions on women “last from birth until death, as women are, in the view of the Saudi state, permanent legal minors”.

That is a more polite term. Fact is that the status of women in Saudi Arabia is legally the worst in the world. Otherwise how can you justify the electronic tracking of women?

In 2015, the kingdom allowed women to vote making it the LAST COUNTRY ON EARTH to let women vote. (The pro-Islamist liberals and feminists try to defend KSA by pointing at Vatican City. The truth is that Vatican City does not allow even men to vote because of the nature of the governance.)

 

Women in Saudi Arabia voted for the first time ever in the kindom’s history in 2015 municipal elections.
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Despite its deplorable human rights record, Saudi Arabia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council and will remain so till the end of its three-year term in 2019.

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