Saudi suspends women's travel notification system
Riyadh, January 14, 2014
Saudi Arabia's passport department has temporarily stopped the system of notifying male guardians about the departure and arrival of their female dependents, a report in the Arab News said.
The electronic system has been suspended due to some observations and will undergo changes, Lt Col. Ahmad Al-Laheedan, spokesperson of the Passports Department, was quoted as saying.
He however said the system could be reintroduced, adding new options.
Welcoming the suspension of the system, Sabria S Jawhar, a Saudi columnist and assistant professor of applied linguistics at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, told Arab News that the notification should have never been introduced because it is humiliating for women.