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Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at Revyuh.com. She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com

Unmarried residents of the country will be able to live and travel on their own but this does not apply to women in marriage.

Now, unmarried and divorced Saudi Arabians, as well as widows, can live freely and independently without any restriction on status or traveling alone. 

The country’s authorities have made a corresponding amendment to the article of the law on the operation of Sharia courts, according to which every adult unmarried woman should be transferred to a male guardian. 

This was reported by the Gulf News newspaper.

“An adult woman has the right to choose where to live. A woman’s guardian can report her only if he has evidence proving she committed a crime,” the updated article says. 

It also says that “If a woman is sentenced to a jail term, she will not be handed over to her guardian after completing her term.” 

It is emphasized that we are talking only about unmarried women. 

“Families can no longer file lawsuits against their daughters who choose to live alone,” lawyer Naif Al-Mansi said. 

According to him, the courts will not consider cases that were previously given priority attention.

The precedent for the amendment was the case of the 32-year-old Saudi writer Mariam Al Otaibi, who won a three-year lawsuit against her family. 

The woman’s parents accused the woman of leaving her home and going to Riyadh without permission.

The court made a historic decision, recognizing that Mariam is an adult who has the right to decide where she wants to live. 

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