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Saudi woman granted asylum in Australia: Thai official

IANS  |  Bangkok 

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to to escape her allegedly abusive family has been granted asylum in Australia, a Thai said on Friday.

"Yes, has granted her asylum, but we are waiting to hear where exactly she is going," told

Hakparn said had also offered asylum and they were waiting for her decision.

UNHCR had referred Qunun's protection request to on Wednesday, though it had not been confirmed before now that was also considering her case.

Hakparn said Qunun, who is staying in an undisclosed location in Bangkok, would be leaving "almost as soon as the final decision is made".

"We are providing necessary security for her," he told

The has not commented on the development.

Qunun had flown to from to escape her family, saying she feared they would kill her because she renounced Islam.

She intended to fly on to but barricaded herself in a hotel room in the airport on Sunday after Thai immigration officials attempted to deport her back to the

Qunun and her supporters drew global attention to her case through a launched mostly on

She documented her arrival and subsequent detention in on her smartphone, creating new and Periscope accounts where she received a deluge of supportive messages.

Her story has also put Saudi Arabia's guardianship laws, which restrict many aspects of women's lives, back under international scrutiny.

In response to the media campaign, Thai authorities allowed her access to the UNHCR and did not deport her to

On Friday, Qunun's account appeared to have been deleted.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 15:06 IST
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