Saudi courts continue to deal with violent crimes involving women

There are less women perpetrators in Saudi Arabia than this time last year, according to the Ministry of Justice. (File photo: AP)

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Justice reported the rate of violent crimes perpetrated by women has sustained over 2015 so far in comparison to 2014, Al-Hayat reported.

The courts reported a total of 278 Saudi women and 82 non-Saudi women were involved in cases of physical assault in 2015 in comparison to 564 in 2014. This year, three Saudi women and one non-Saudi were involved in knife stabbing crimes.

However, men committed more assaults, as a total of 9,441 were tried for the offense in 2015.

The courts also reported a total of 10 Saudi women and 10 non-Saudi women were tried for trespassing onto private property in 2015 in comparison to a total of 12 Saudis and 22 expats last year.

Sixteen Saudi women and one non-Saudi were accused of vandalism of personal property and arson in 2015 while five citizens and three non-Saudis were tried last year, Saudi courts reported.

The courts also reported a total of 26 Saudi women and nine non-Saudi women were charged with blackmail and threats this year in comparison to 44 nationals and 16 expats in 2014.

According to the court reports, a total of 212 Saudi women and 30 non-Saudi women were tried for blasphemy in 2015 in comparison to 262 citizens and 43 non-citizens last year.

However, the courts also reported a decrease in firearm offenses among women, with only one case recorded this year so far, while in 2014 four Saudis and one non-Saudi were arrested.

This was first published by the Saudi Gazette.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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