In the latest case of abuse against women in Saudi Arabia, a heartbreaking video of a woman pleading for help went viral on social media late on Sunday.
In the footage, the woman, who’s from Sabya, says her older brother and his family beat her and threw her out of a house she shared with them, along with her ill mother and her two children.
She also goes on to explain that when she went to report the abuse to police, they asked her to bring in her male guardian.
“How do I bring in a male guardian? My father is my guardian and he’s nearly ninety years old. He’s also blind and unable to leave the house due to several illnesses. Please help me, I beg you to help me,” she said.
The video message has gone viral on Saudi social media
The woman’s call for help went viral on Twitter and sparked outrage among tweeps, many of whom criticized the response the woman got from authorities.
After it started making the rounds online, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labor announced it had dispatched a team to deal with the woman’s case and help protect her.
Many were moved by the victim’s story and took to online platforms to attack the kingdom’s male guardianship system which rendered her helpless and unable to file a lawsuit against her abuser.
Under this system, which is still in effect across the kingdom, a male guardian, usually a father, brother, or husband, has legal rights over most major aspects of a woman’s life, including her freedom of movement and ability to work.