Saudi women to be informed of divorce by text, new law states

Saudi women to be informed of divorce by text, new law states

The moves are aimed at ending cases of men divorcing women without telling them.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have enacted a new law which will now see married women notified by text message when they get divorced. In the new system, women in the Kingdom will be able to have access to documents related to termination of their marriage contracts through the ministry's e-portal, the Saudi Press Agency reported. "It also ensures that all does not need to be granted before the divorce, powers of attorney, miss".

"At least women will know whether they are divorced or not".

The ministry stated that the courts across the Kingdom have received a circular to enforce this directive from Sunday so as to provide beneficiaries assistance in preserving their rights.

A decades long ban on female driving was lifted on June 24, while Saudi has also awarded licences to its first female pilots this year.

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Basically, the reason for this new concept is so that women in Saudi won't be divorced without their knowledge.

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", she added.

"Saudi women fleeing their families can face severe violence from relatives, deprivation of liberty, and other serious harm if returned against their will", Michael Page, the deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, told The Times. It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

Saudi social consultant and researcher Salman Bin Mohammed Al-Amri found divorce cases handled by courts across the country reached 53,675 in 2017.

Guardianship laws are legal codes based on a strict interpretation of Shariah law that ensure women in Saudi Arabia remain a legal dependent.