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Saudi Arabia Texts Mahrams When Women Leave Country

Saudi Arabia Is Using Technology Against Women

It's bad enough women have male guardians — mahrams, usually husbands, fathers, or male relatives — to report to in Saudi Arabia, but now the government is making it easier than ever for them to track their charges. The foreign ministry will now send a text message to a woman's guardian when she leaves the country.

Considering mahrams already have to give written permission for a woman to pass immigration at the airport, the latest alert seems redundant and its intention is not going unquestioned.

Nesrine Malik imagines the worst-case scenario in the Guardian. Could it be a precursor to a more sophisticated technology? One that allows the government to track women in their daily lives? Possibly. It wouldn't be a first for a country that's long been technologically ahead, particularly when putting it to sinister use.

For now the only silver lining is in what the text forgets to say: where the woman is going.


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minxa25 minxa25 5 years
as a modern muslim this just ridicoulous , when are there going to grown up
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
That's totally sick. The scenario posed in the Guardian is a pretty terrifying thought.
marcied23 marcied23 5 years
wow, i knew that women had it bad in saudi arabia, i had no idea that they had to have guardians and kept tabs on them...it's beyond sad.
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