Rabat – Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, who fled her Saudi family and was arrested on Sunday at the Bangkok airport, will not be sent back to Saudi Arabia “against her will,” the Thai immigration police chief said on Monday.
Rahaf accused her family of locking her in a room for six months as punishment for cutting her hair short. She was considering seeking asylum in Australia, which she said she has a visa for.
After disembarking in Bangkok to catch her connecting flight to Australia, a Saudi diplomat met and stopped her at the gate, according to the BBC.
In April 2017, another Saudi citizen, Dina Ali Lasloum, 24, was arrested while in transit in the Philippines trying to escape a forced marriage. The Philippines sent Lasloum back to Saudi Arabia, and she has not been heard from since, the BBC reported.