Just a run­away girl?

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

With­out know­ing the full story, let­ter writ­ers (11/1) have var­i­ously de­clared a Saudi teenage run­away to be brave, an ideal im­mi­grant and a can­di­date for the No­bel Peace Prize.

I have lived in Saudi Ara­bia and there is no doubt the coun­try has a dif­fer­ent view on the sta­tus of women, but this does not mean this in­di­vid­ual has been mis­treated. Per­haps she is just a girl run­ning away from her par­ents (not un­known in our so­ci­ety).

Can any­one se­ri­ously com­pare this case with that of the Pak­istani woman Asia Bibi, who has been in jail for eight years un­der threat of death for blas­phemy? She has re­cently been ac­quit­ted but is still in real dan­ger in her own coun­try. Gra­ham Pinn, Ma­roochy­dore, Qld

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