Two Saudi women have been found guilty on a Sharia law charge of incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband.
Nathalie Morin is a Canadian woman who fell in love with a Saudi Arabian man.
She moved halfway around the world to live with him — after he was deported from Quebec for being in this country illegally.
That was her mistake.
The couple has three children, one of whom was born in Canada. Whether they were ever actually married is unclear, as is so much about the saga that has been designated a “private family matter” by Foreign Affairs. Morin’s mother, Johanne Durocher, has for years been pleading with Ottawa to bring Morin and the kids to Canada, alleging her daughter is a victim of domestic violence, abuse and rape by her husband, was denied adequate food, and was being kept in the Kingdom against her will.
Saudi Arabia is ruthlessly misogynist in culture and law. Among other proscriptions, women are not allowed to drive. Until recently, they weren’t even permitted to ride a bicycle. Equality Now, a global organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world, notes of the change in law that now allows females to get on a bike: “Women have recently been allowed to cycle as long as it is in a circle, with a male guardian and with no specific destination in mind.”
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