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Saudi runaway sisters plead for help on social media

AP  |  Dubai 

Two Saudi sisters appealed for help Wednesday from the former Soviet republic of after fleeing their country, in the latest case of from the ultra-conservative kingdom using to seek asylum.

Using a newly created account called "GeorgiaSisters", they identified themselves as Maha al-Subaie, 28, and Wafa al-Subaie, 25. Like other Saudi women who have fled and turned to social media, they posted copies of their passports to establish their identities.

The sisters claim they are in danger and will be killed if they are forcibly returned to They said their father and brothers have arrived in looking for them. Wafa said they fled "oppression from our family" without elaborating.

Saudis can enter visa-free, making the country a transit point for numerous other Saudi women who have fled in recent years.

Saudi women who run away are almost always fleeing abusive male relatives and claim there are few good choices for them to report the abuse in Saudi women caught running away in the kingdom can be forced into restrictive shelters, pressured to reconcile with their abusers or detained on charges of disobedience.

Regardless of their age, women in must have the consent of a male relative to obtain a passport, travel or marry under so-called male guardianship laws.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 14:15 IST
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