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Divorced Saudi women to get ID cards

Divorced Saudi women to get ID cards

RIYADH: Female divorcees and widows in Saudi Arabia are set to get their own ID cards allowing them to act independently from men, local media reported on Thursday.

The changes will allow women to register a child for school, access records and authorise medical procedures once their marriages have ended, the reports said.

Without their own identity documents, divorced women in Saudi Arabia currently need permission from their husbands or a court order to perform those tasks, the Arab News said.

No date has been set for the change, it said.

Newspapers reported that 28 per cent of Saudi marriages end in divorce and 65 percent of court cases in the kingdom involve family matters. Male-dominated Saudi Arabia allows men to take up to four wives according to Islamic law.

Women face a series of restrictions in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom, the only country in the world where they are not allowed to drive.

Published in Dawn, December 4th, 2015

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