Regional News • Middle East

Court in Saudia Arabia rules that a woman living alone is not a crime

Prosecutors had pursued a woman in Saudia Arabia for travelling to Riyadh without permission and thus being absent from her family.

The court has now ruled that the woman being in a separate home is not a punishable crime as the "woman is a sane adult who has the right to decide where she wants to live".

Abdulrahman al-Lahim, one of the lawyers involved in the case, has stated that "A historic ruling was issued today, affirming that independence of a sane, adult woman in a separate house is not a crime worthy of punishment".

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