Saudi police refuse elderly woman’s complaint due to lack of male guardian

The woman went to the police to file a complaint against her son who was allegedly mistreating her

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An elderly woman in her 90s was left shocked when police asked her to produce a male guardian before they could accept her complaint that her son was mistreating her.

She claimed that her son was treating her badly, such as cutting the electricity from her house and locking her doors to prevent her from going out, to satisfy his wife.

She had become desperate and wanted the authorities to intervene. Head of Qunfudah police Col. Yousef al-Qanawi expressed astonishment that the woman’s complaint was not accepted and said he has commissioned the head of the criminal investigations to contact her.

The head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) in Qunfudah, Ahmad al-Shamrani, said the woman has every right to report the son's mistreatment of her and the police should investigate the case.

He said the Haia would contact the woman and submit her complaint to the govern orate.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.

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