No need to worry for the sheikhs. Now they will be able to keep an electronic track of their cars as well as their wives! Isn’t technology just grand? It sure helps one sleep in peace at night, knowing all the prized possessions are in their rightful place!
Saudi Arabia has introduced an electronic tracking system that alerts men by text message when their wife is leaving the country, even if they are traveling together.
Woman in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to leave the kingdom without the permission of their male guardian, who could be their father, brother, husband or son. A signed consent of the guardian is required whenever a Saudi woman travels, at the border or airport.
Now, men, or at least the ones who are guardians to females will receive a text message to let them know their women are leaving the country on travel. Just to be sure, the message will be delivered even if the male guardian is at the time travelling with the woman.
Though things are progressingsomewhat for the women in Saudi Arabia, the progress is slow. Life for women in Saudi Arabia is not easy, especially as far as freedom is concerned. It is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive.
Though the recent Saudi government under King Abdullah has been very lenient and there has been a letting up on force previously used on women, things are far from what the women of the region would want, at least if not all of them than a very vocal number of them. King Abdullah granted women the right tovote and run in municipal election beginning in 2015. Also, the newly appointed chief of the religious police commission Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdel Aziz al-Sheikh, banned members of the commission from harassing Saudi women over their dress and behavior.
There has been a lot of negative feedback, especially on Twitter. However, there was another side of the story given out by Ahmed al Omran a blogger and journalist.
Here is his tweet
In his blog, where he ‘clarified’ the issue, he said, “This description is inaccurate. The so-called monitoring system is not just for women. The text messages would be sent when any of your dependents leave or enter the country. In Saudi Arabia that includes not only your underage sons and daughters, but also your wife (and other women under your custody) as well as foreign workers sponsored by you. Dependents are not allowed to leave the country without permission from their guardian or sponsor.”
Ah… excuse our ignorance, but does that make it OK? Shouldn’t the status of the country be changed from ‘Kingdom’ to ‘Prison’?
If we follow through with this gentleman’s explanation, we can write a book! So, we’ll leave this and move on to the general reaction:
Absolutely disgusting news from Saudi Arabia how backwards politically can one nation be! arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/ta…— Joshua? (@josholdewarris) November 23, 2012
LoL"@170chase: Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women... Hahaha na to use GPS take dey track ur wife/GF/concubine etc"— mercy (@getmercy) November 23, 2012
*Not* from The Onion: Saudi Arabia is tracking women, notifying their husbands by SMS if they try to leave the country. venturebeat.com/2012/11/22/sau…— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) November 23, 2012
Women in Saudi Arabia. Just put a collar around their necks and get them microchipped already.— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) November 23, 2012
I wonder if Saudi women know what their worst halves do in Europe, America and Beirut! goo.gl/B6M0S— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) November 23, 2012
It may be true that the technology/device is for all dependents rather than just women. But does it change the fact that it is simply degrading and against basic human rights? Every adult individual has the right to their own life, the way they want it to be. Not to be harnessed and tracked like animals or things!