Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Saudi Women Jailed For Helping Canadian Woman and Her Kids Leave Husband

No good deed goes unpunished in Saudi Arabia, especially if you're a woman. That's because women are nothing more than the property of their husbands and male family members.

A Saudi court handed two Saudi women 10-month jail sentences on Saturday for seeking to help a Canadian woman who wanted to leave her Saudi husband with their children, human rights activists said.

The court also banned Fawzia al-Ayuni and Wajiha al-Huaider from leaving the kingdom for two years, rights activist Aql al-Bahli said.

They have a month to appeal against the judgment.

The two women were convicted of the Islamic sharia law offence of takhbib, or incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband, Bahli said.

They had been briefly detained by police a year and a half ago in the company of the Canadian woman who at the time wanted to flee the kingdom with her children after a row with her husband, he added.

I'm sure it was probably more than just a row.

When will women finally learn that marrying a religious Muslim man and moving to a country that practices Shariah law is not going to be all fun and romance. Who hasn't heard of "Not Without My Daughter", the gripping true-life story about American Betty Mahmoody's attempts to escape from her husband and life in Iran with her child.

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