Saudi Gazette report
JEDDAH — A 37-year-old woman was stunned when her father asked her to leave the house and told her that she had been found abandoned, Al-Watan newspaper reported.
She said she could not believe she had lived with someone whom she called “father” for 37 years and that he now disowned her.
She claimed that her father was given large amounts of compensation for some property he owned and his wife had convinced him to reveal the truth to her and ask her to leave to avoid any inheritance claims.
She said that her “father” had adopted her when he was residing in Hail, and registered her on his national identity card as his daughter.
She said her husband divorced her when he learned the news and left her with six children.
She said her father had also stopped her from going to school and was constantly hoping that she would get married.
She was married when she was only 13, despite pleading with her foster mother not to let the wedding go ahead.
After she divorced, she lived with different relatives who also grew tired of her and kicked her out of their houses.
She went to the Social Affairs Department in Makkah, which provided her with temporary housing for four months, after which she had to leave and wander in the streets.
She worked as a housemaid for a while but could not continue because she could not work long hours.
She wrote to Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who swiftly ordered an investigation into her case.
The Makkah Social Affairs Department contacted the Hail Social Affairs Department, and she was shocked to learn that she was registered in another name and that this person’s file was missing.
She said she wondered how her father could have registered her in his name without a birth certificate and who the witnesses were.
She is now trying to learn her real name and correct her legal situation. Makkah's protection shelter home manager, Saleh Sarhan, said DNA tests on the woman and the Saudi have proven that they are not related.
He added that they are working with different concerned departments in the Ministry of Social Affairs to find a solution to this problem.