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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

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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.