News By/Courtesy: Aashi Nema | 08 Jan 2019 13:55pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Women can now check their marital status on the Minister of Justice Website of Saudi Arabia.
  • Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what is known as secret divorces, wherein men end a marriage without telling their wives.
  • The new law is designed to protect the interest of women by having a notification of their divorce.

Women can now check their marital status on the Minister of Justice Website of Saudi Arabia. Under the new law of the conservative kingdom, a new regulation is set to stop Saudi women from not knowing about their own divorce. As per the regulation that came into effect on Sunday, courts will be required to give notice to women by text on rulings confirming their divorces.

Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what is known as secret divorces, wherein men end a marriage without telling their wives. The new law is designed to protect the interest of women by having a notification of their divorce. The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights such as alimony.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has started to give more rights to women in his kingdom known for its conservative nature. Suad Abu-Dayyeh from global rights group, Equality Now, said that it is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction.

Last year, the Saudi women got the right to drive but there are still many basic rights which Suadi Women are still deprived of which includes but are not limited to: Applying for passports, traveling abroad, getting married, opening a bank account, starting certain businesses, getting elective surgery, leaving prison. 

 

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 08 Jan 2019 13:57pm IST


Tags : #Women #Saudi #Arabia #Divorce #Notice #Text

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