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Saudi runaway receives online death threats after family 'kidnapping'

Saudi women are prohibited from travelling without a male guardian [Twitter]

Date of publication: 12 April, 2017

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'Any whore that runs away from her family deserves to be killed. By killing her you wash off the shame that has been brought upon you,' said one Twitter user.

A Saudi woman who was forcefully returned to the kingdom after attempting to seek refuge abroad caused a stir in the deeply conservative country on Tuesday.

Dina Ali Lasloom was detained at an airport in the Philippines on Monday and forced to return to Riyadh as she tried to flee to Australia, prompting death threats from some ultra-orthodox social media users.

Lasloom said in a video she recorded at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, that she had been stopped at the request of Saudi officials and detained for 13 hours.

"If my family come they will kill me, if I go back to Saudi Arabia I will be dead," she pleaded.

"I'm kept here as a criminal, I can't do anything and I can't go out. They took my passport and all my papers because they are waiting for my family to come and take me," she added, hours before landing back in Riyadh.

The video gained traction on Twitter and calls to stand in solidarity were echoed using the hashtag #SaveDinaAli.

Under the kingdom's conservative interpretation of Islamic law, women suffer from widespread inequality and oppression and are prohibited from travelling without a male guardian.

Some other social media users however rushed to call for Lasloom to be killed for stepping out of line with Saudi patriarchal society.

"Any whore that runs away from her family deserves to be killed. By killing her you wash off the shame that has been brought upon you and her herself," said one Twitter user.

Another said: "It would be a shame to kill her you should pour petrol on her then light her up. But burn her far away so her horrid smell doesn't reach us."

One user said they were eagerly awaiting news of Lasloom being tortured and then slaughtered so that they could "celebrate this great achievement".

Translation: "The best thing right now is that her father is torturing her and whipping her back with his headband. Beat her man, you're in a man's kingdom let's hear your screams."

Translation: "God willing in the future when I get married I will torture my daughter and wife so they don't embarass me and my tribe. The tribe is, of course, more important than her."

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