Saudi Arabian police save three women from rapists then arrest them

  • Three victims were picked up from outside a college in the Saudi city of Mecca
  • They were driven to an apartment where two men attempted to rape them
  • One was able to call police, but officers then arrested both the men and women

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 07:31 EDT, 17 May 2018 | Updated: 07:38 EDT, 17 May 2018

Saudi police saved three women from rapists - only to arrest them along with their attackers.

The three victims had been picked up from outside a college in the city of  Mecca before being driven to a flat where two men tried to assault them.

One of the victims secretly called Al Mansour Police Department. But when officers arrived, they arrested both the attackers and the women.

All five are being investigated, but it is not yet clear why the women were held.

Saudi police saved three women from rapists - only to arrest them along with their attackers (file picture)
Saudi police saved three women from rapists - only to arrest them along with their attackers (file picture)

Saudi police saved three women from rapists - only to arrest them along with their attackers (file picture)

In Saudi Arabia women are forbidden from being in private places with men who are not related to them, StepFeed reports.

Such unlawful mixing can lead to criminal charges against both parties. However, women often face harsher punishment.

Saudi Arabia, in the midst of a far-reaching liberalisation drive, have announced plans to allow women to drive.

The kingdom has also permitted them to enter sports stadiums for the first time.

The government is seeking to jump-start women's sports and is moving toward compulsory physical education classes for girls, after a ban was lifted in 2014.

But the kingdom still requires women to seek permission from a male guardian - usually a father, husband or brother - to study, work or travel. 

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