Congratulations Saudi women, you can now leave the country and that nosey husband will not be alerted by text message; at least for now.
Yes, the electronic tracking system has been suspended by the authorities, but only until some amendments are made. “The system has been suspended due to some observations and it will undergo amendment,” said Lt. Col. Ahmad Al-Laheedan, a spokesperson for the Kingdom’s Passports Department.
“In the past, the system included all the names that were registered. However, in the next phase, it will be optional. The amendments seek to enhance the system to make it better and fulfill all its objectives,” he added.
As the Arabs would say, Wallahi! Loosely translated into By God!
This is not the first time that the Saudi government has put such humiliating restrictions on its women.
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Recently religious police apprehended some women from using swings in a public park. The image sparked outrage over the social media.
Apparently virtue police in Saudi has nothing better to do than reprimand FULLY covered women on swings pic.twitter.com/Oak022diIg— Asma (@LibyanBentBladi) January 13, 2014
Saudi Arabia is notorious for its suffocating rules and practices for its women, who are not allowed to drive, go to libraries or travel on their own, but are also only tolerated in controlled work environments.
However, most of the concessions come with a price. In many cases, promises made never saw the light of the day. Women were allowed to vote, but elections have yet to take place in the socially and politically conservative Kingdom. In fact, they were only allowed to take part in the Olympics after extreme international pressure.
Saudi authorities impose such suffocating restrictions as they fear that women could spread vulgarity and entice men. However, they fail to explain how a fully covered woman driving a car of having fun on a swing can entice anyone.
News of any promising development for women in the Kingdom needs to be taken by a pinch of salt and this casts a shadow over the prospect of real change in their lives.