A Saudi court has ruled in favour of a woman whose father refused to allow her to have a passport, AFP reported Thursday (September 21st).
The 24-year-old woman from Jeddah, whose name was not given, had asked the court to remove her father's role as guardian after he refused to take the necessary steps to obtain a passport for her to study abroad, according to Okaz and other Saudi media outlets.
The traditional Saudi system obliges women to obtain the permission of their closest male relative for many decisions, including traveling and marrying.
The Saudi court ordered the plaintiff's father to provide her with a passport, according to the media reports, which did not say when the unusual ruling was made.
According to Okaz, the young woman in question lives with her mother and has not seen her father for six years.