Police rescued a woman from false imprisonment who they say has been locked by her husband in an abandoned house for three years
, the daily Al-Watan reported.
The woman was found with an eight-month-old child
. Police were tipped off by a passerby who heard the woman screaming for help inside the house.
The woman was identified only as a foreign legal resident. She reportedly told her rescuers that she has been married under a no-obligation marriage (misyar) to the son of her sponsor
Jeddah police told the daily the man was arrested. The name of the culprit was not disclosed. The case has been transferred for further investigation.
The woman was taken to Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital where she was examined. The report said the woman had signs of physical abuse
Omar Al-Khuli, an official at an unnamed family shelter, said the woman must prove her relationship to the man
For the child to be considered a Saudi citizen (eligible for social benefits and education), the woman must now file a lawsuit to get the man who allegedly imprisoned her to place the child on his family ID card.
Doing so would also allow the man to claim custody of the child. The woman can be deported when her iqama expires unless her sponsor or the courts intervene.