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Shelter Refuses to Accommodate Woman Booted Out by Husband

The wife on an imam is denied accommodation at a women’s shelter in Jeddah. She was thrown out of her home for refusing to turn over her salary to her husband. Said Saeed Al-Asmary, director of media affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, “In this case, this woman does not need a shelter. What she needs to do is make peace with her husband and get back with him. There are far more complicated cases in which people are in desperate need for a roof over their heads.”



Arab News
December 30, 2010
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman who claims her husband threw her out of the family home because she refused to give him her salary has been denied accommodation at a women’s shelter in Jeddah.

“The woman informed the police about her plight. We contacted a women’s shelter and prepared a letter asking them to give her accommodation. However, the shelter rejected our request saying the woman does not qualify for shelter as she has not suffered any kind of physical abuse,” said First Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq, spokesman for Jeddah police.

“The victim told us that she has already filed a lawsuit against her husband, who is the imam of a mosque, asking him for her dowry and a divorce (khulaa), and compensation for defamation. The police are now looking into this,” he added.

Saeed Al-Asmary, director of media affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs, said, shelters are instructed not to accept individuals who do not have the proper paperwork.


“Shelters will not accept individuals who do not have legal papers issued by a relevant government department. We need to make sure that the person has not been responsible for a crime and is not running away from justice,” he said.

“In this case, this woman does not need a shelter. What she needs to do is make peace with her husband and get back with him. There are far more complicated cases in which people are in desperate need for a roof over their heads,” he added.

After being thrown out from the family home, the police called her husband asking him to pick her up from the Al-Salama police station. “He, however, refused to do so, saying that she had filed a lawsuit against him and that he doesn’t want anything to do with her until this is over. We later contacted her brother who came and picked her up straight away. She is now with him,” said Al-Bouq.


 

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