(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi women have filed some 622 "adhl" cases from the beginning of 2013 to date Justice Ministry sources said. "Adhl" is where a woman is denied the right to marry by her guardians.
Riyadh and Jeddah courts received 63 percent or 396 such cases a local newspaper quoted the sources as saying.
Riyadh topped the Kingdom's cities with the highest rates of adhl cases at 201 followed by Jeddah at 195 cases Makkah (87) Madinah (52) Taif (36) Ahsa (27) Buraidah (16) and Hail (8) the sources said.
Apart from adhl there were other cases filed by women against their guardians related to personal status including the marriage of girls without the consent of guardians or marriage without the approval of the girls themselves.
The courts received nine cases of marriage without the consent of guardians: five in Riyadh two in Hail and one case each in Makkah and Jeddah the sources said.
Legal adviser and lawyer Rayyan Mufti said adhl cases should be referred to the reconciliation panel of the court first.