Saudi women to get divorce notification by text message

Starting from Sunday courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces

Local female lawyers suggest the ruling will end what are called secret divorces, where men divorce their wives without telling them.

On Sunday, an 18-year-old Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials.

According to lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi, some men now register divorce deeds at the courts without telling their wives.

A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from not knowing about their own divorce.

The regulation, which bears a striking resemblance to relationship-ending tactics employed by twelve-year-olds, aims to ensure that women are aware of their marital status and can take necessary legal measures to protect rights such as alimony.

The new step is said to be part of economic and social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, such as allowing women to attend football matches and work in jobs traditionally reserved for men.

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"It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorced are not misused".

The crown prince has lost the global community's esteem since October, when Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by a hit squad closely tied to Mohammad in the Istanbul consulate.

Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer be the last to know of their own divorce, according to reports.

"We are the first Saudi national carrier to hire Saudi women in the Air Hospitality Program and the Future Flyers Program", Flynas said.

This represents a significant improvement in women's rights in the country, even though custodianship still goes to the father by default.

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".

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