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Surprise, you're divorced: New law will see Saudi women notified via text

Surprise, you're divorced: New law will see Saudi women notified via text

The measure would ensure that women could demand their right to maintenance, if you are divorced, said the Saudi-Arabian lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi as, the BBC reported. Through the ministry's Najiz portal (https://najiz.moj.gov.sa), women can also inquire about their marital status and view the details of any probate certificates.

"In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives", Suad Abu-Dayyeh, of the human-rights group Equality Now, told Reuters.

Saudi justice minister had taken this decision due to increasing cases where women were found not aware of the divorce petitions filed against them.

Last year, Saudi Arabia in a historic move lifted a decades-old driving ban on women. This often led to a practice of "secret divorce" whereby men would divorce their wives but remain living with them cause their now ex-wives to miss out on alimony payments. For example, if a Saudi woman wants to travel overseas, open a bank account or start certain types of businesses, she must get the permission of a male "guardian"-which could be a husband, father, son or brother, the BBC reported".

Having said that, there is a long way to go as many of their rights are still restricted to having a male guardianship system.




The reforms have included women being given the right to drive. It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

The Saudi government has denied bin Salman's involvement in the killing. "All it allows for is a new technological notification system for what is already a very outdated discriminatory system against women".

A group of British parliamentarians and lawyers on Wednesday requested an "urgent response" from the Saudi ambassador by January 9 to allow them to speak with the detained activists.

"So this new measure hasn't changed any of that". Visit http://news.trust.org to see more stories.

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