Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

‘You’re divorced’: Saudi women to be sent texts when husband leaves

More women in Saudi Arabia are getting divorced than ever before. Bloomberg More women in Saudi Arabia are getting divorced than ever before. Bloomberg
Andrew Cummings | 08 January, 2019, 02:50

The new measure was approved by the country's justice ministry on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports citing local media.

Women in Saudi Arabia will receive a text message to notify them if they are divorced without their knowledge.

The women will be able to view their status via the official website of the Ministry.

The change comes after a Saudi court ruled secret divorces illegal and is meant to fight a slew of cases in which Saudi women have been divorced by their husbands without notice, according to CNN, often in an attempt to screw them out of alimony payments or seize control of their bank accounts.

Currently, some men register divorce deeds at the courts without even telling their wives, al-Ghamdi said by phone from Jeddah.

"This will put an end to any attempts at cheating or impersonating the identity of women to take control of their bank accounts and property using previously issued powers of attorney", Hindi said.

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Other recent reforms in the kingdom include women being allowed to attend football matches and work in jobs traditionally reserved for men.

In addition, their marital status can be examined through a website.

Restrictions on women's employment, long ruled by the guardianship system, have been loosened as Saudi Arabia tries to wean itself off its economic dependency on oil.

Under the guardianship system, women of any age can not marry without the consent of their male guardian.

This move is part of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's Vision 2030 project for Saudi Arabia which seeks to reinvent Saudi Arabia as an open and inviting modern nation.

Women in Saudi Arabia will now be informed via text message if they're being divorced - and the government says it'll help protect them.

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