Riyadh: Saudi authorities have freed a woman who was held captive for three years by her relatives over a family dispute, an official human rights organisation said on Monday.
The 50-year-old woman had been imprisoned in a room in a house in the western Taif province, an official from the kingdom`s National Society for Human Rights said.
According to local daily Okaz, Saudi security forces freed the woman at dawn yesterday in the presence of representatives of the organisation.
The woman`s son had alerted authorities that his mother was being held against her will due to a "family dispute over properties", the daily reported.
The woman, who lived in Riyadh, was "taken by force to Taif where she was held captive during these years," Okaz said.
Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict version of Islamic sharia law, imposes many restrictions on women, who are banned from travelling without permission from male guardians and from driving.