- An 18 year-old Saudi teenager, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, has been granted a protection stay in Thailand
- The teenager, who left her abusive parents in Kuwait after denouncing Islam, fears that she might be killed
- Her action has called for global attention as United Nations said she would be given access to international protections
An 18 year-old Saudi teenager, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who was reported to have run away from her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait three days ago, had been given assurance of protection stay by Thailand authority.
Daily Mail (UK) reports that the teenager left her family in Thailand in the hope of reaching Australia to seek asylum from her 'abusive parents.'
Legit.ng gathers that Al-Qunun had gone into hiding following her insistence not to board a flight back to her country, fearing that her parents would kill her for travelling without a male guardian and dropping her former faith.
Earlier, after rejecting the move to fly back, she has resulted to posting a clip on Twitter of her barricading her hotel door with a table, mattresses and a chair.
Rahaf, who fears retaliation from her family after dropping Islam, said she was still in panic that her father, who has landed in Thailand will kill her, a move which made the Thai authority say 'we will not send anyone to die.'
She wrote on her Twitter page: "Hey I'm Rahaf. My father just arrived as I heard [which] worried and scared me a lot and I want to go to another country that I seek asylum in.
"But at least I feel [safe] now under UNHCR protection with the agreement of Thailand authorities. And I finally got my passport back.''
Rahaf earlier claimed she was tricked into giving up her passport on arrival in Bangkok, what Saudi foreign ministry vehemently denied.
It further said the teenager's documents had not seized, but was only stopped at the airport for violating Thai immigration laws.
According to report, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees had promised to grant Rahaf an access to the Saudi national to assess her need for international protection 'and find an immediate solution for her situation'.
Saudi culture and guardianship policy requires women to have permission from a male relative to work, travel, marry, and even get some medical treatment.
Last year, the deeply conservative Muslim country lifted a ban on women to drive without a male guardian.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported following the brutal killing of Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, death penalty had been sought by Saudi against five suspects that were accused of murdering the journalist in the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday, October 2.
Saudi's public prosecutor, Saud Al-Mojeb, announced charges against six other people allegedly involved in the killing.
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