He also denied physically abusing his 18-year-old daughter, one of his 10 children, or trying to force her into an arranged marriage.
"I think the number of women fleeing from the Saudi administration and abuse will increase, especially since there is no system to stop them", she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "Today I can probably say that I am capable of making all of those decisions".
In a public appearance organized by the United Nations refugee agency and an immigrant-aid group, she said through an interpreter that first priority is to learn English. A person close to the relatives of the young woman reports that the parents do not want to talk and that they would be interested only in the well-being of the girl.
"I imagined it would be a hard and perhaps frightening moment and it might make a difference for her personally to feel she had the personal and welcome support of our government".
Interested in Saudi Arabia? Mario Calla, the executive director of the state-funded COSTI Immigrant Services, said that extra measures would be taken to protect her, including "professional security that we've contracted to be there".
Though a translator (Dr. Saba Abbas), Mohammed spoke of gratitude for all the offers of help she has received since her arrival in Canada on Saturday.
After a terrifying ordeal traveling across the world to freedom, Alqunun says she feels like she has been "born again" after being granted safe passage, and plans to use her newfound freedom to advocate for women's rights in Saudi Arabia.
It has been a blessing and a curse, with Twitter first attracting worldwide attention to the young Saudi woman's plight and helping her get to Canada, but now bringing threats to her security.
"I am one of the lucky ones", said the 18-year-old. He is not going to make women equal to men ... but there is a lot that he is doing to try to remove some of the constraints on women in Saudi Arabia.
"In Saudi Arabia, this is the case for all Saudi women except for those that have understanding parents".
"I was not treated respectfully by my family and I was not allowed to be myself and who I want to be", she told reporters.
In an interview with ABC News from Toronto on Monday, she said, "How could my family disown me simply because I wanted to be independent and escape their abuse?" She had planned to enter Australia on a tourist visa and seek asylum.
"I hope my story prompts a change to the law, especially as it's been exposed to the world". In recent days Rahaf had reported psychological and physical violence on the part of the family, which locked her up and kept her prisoner for six months in her room for cutting her hair.
Freeland's presence has been widely seen as a jab at Saudi Arabia for its treatment of female dissidents.
That spat kicked off a year ago when Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland tweeted for the Saudi authorities to immediately release detained women's rights activists.
She will also start English classes before she considers how to further her education.