A 16 year old Saudi girl is on hunger strike at a government protection center to demand marriage.
According to the girl's statement she sees this as the only way to escape her violent brothers after the death of her father and the marriage of her mother.
Officials at the social protection center in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah said they are trying to persuade the girl to end her hunger strike and promised her to find a solution to her ordeal, the Arabic language daily Alhayat said.
"The girl has been on a hunger strike to press officials to help her get married. She said this is the only way to escape her brothers, who had beaten her up many times," the paper said, quoted a center official.