SAUDI MEN CAN NO LONGER DIVORCE THEIR WIVES WITHOUT TELLING THEM AS THE KINGDOM TURNS TO TECH FOR THE ANSWER

The Daily Caller | 1/6/2018 | Staff
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A new regulation aimed at ending the practice of secret divorces in Saudi Arabia requires that women be notified by text message when their husbands divorce them, a move some are calling “a step in the right direction” as Saudi men previously did not have to inform their wives of such a decision.

“Saudi courts have started to send such [marital status] notifications starting on January 6, 2018 … a step aimed at protecting the rights of female clients, and enhancing digital transformation with more services,” the Saudi Ministry of Justice said in a statement on its website.

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“In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives,” Suad Abu-Dayyeh of global rights group Equality Now told Reuters. “At least women will know whether they are divorced or not. It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction.”

Abu-Dayyeh cautioned that this new measure does not guarantee divorced women in Saudi Arabia will receive alimony or custody of their children.

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The move comes under the rule of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also granted women the right to drive in June 2018. In recent years, the kingdom has granted women the right to enter sports stadiums and participate in elections for the first time.

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