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Electronic tracking: new constraint for Saudi women

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France 24

AFP – Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together.

Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple.

The husband, who was travelling with his wife, received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh.

“The authorities are using technology to monitor women,” said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the “state of slavery under which women are held” in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the “yellow sheet” at the airport or border.

 

A Saudi woman gets out of a car after being given a ride by her driver in Riyadh. Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

 

The move by the Saudi authorities was swiftly condemned on social network Twitter — a rare bubble of freedom for millions in the kingdom — with critics mocking the decision.

“Hello Taliban, herewith some tips from the Saudi e-government!” read one post.

“Why don’t you cuff your women with tracking ankle bracelets too?” wrote Israa.

“Why don’t we just install a microchip into our women to track them around?” joked another.

“If I need an SMS to let me know my wife is leaving Saudi Arabia, then I’m either married to the wrong woman or need a psychiatrist,” tweeted Hisham.

 

Saudi women walk through a shopping mall in Riyadh. Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

 

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  1. cfm990

    November 23rd, 2012

    Aw Hell! Just cut their friggen legs off. WIMPS!

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  2. Unruly Refugee

    November 23rd, 2012

    Islamic women can consider themselves lucky if they are not chained up or disfigured. As long as they decide to stay in islam they will be treated with less respect than a farm animal. They do the same thing to cattle in some places with the ear tags. Keeping track of the herd.

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  3. Nutjob

    November 23rd, 2012

    Wonder if they have built in detonators likewise?

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  4. Nutjob

    November 23rd, 2012

    Good thing this isn’t happening under the liberals watch, I mean with all of these feminazis coming out of the woodwork and all on their “war on women” agenda during the fraudulant elections.

    On the flip side, if Barry did push for sharia law here we’d never have to see Pelosi, Clinton, Mooch,Sheehan, Odonnel, or Barr anymore.

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  5. cfm990

    November 23rd, 2012

    @ Nutjob:
    I can just here it now. Achmed. This is Mohammed. Your wife is approaching the border. Spouse destruct sequence will commence in 3…2…1… Allahu Akbar! May you find a suitable replacement at your local preschool.

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  6. cfm990

    November 23rd, 2012

    OOPS! “hear” it now.

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  7. scr_north

    November 23rd, 2012

    Hmmm, the saudis unleashed islamic fundamentalism on the world in order to prop up their own royal family. Their royal family (and the for the most part most of the men) are some of the worst, two faced, conniving group of murderous rat bastards that ever walked the face of the earth and for some reason God dropped these villainous cocksuckers on an ocean of oil that has allowed these dark ages sob’s to assist other evil fucks in screwing up the world. Yep, don’t like them much. Feel sorry for their women though.

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  8. Nutjob

    November 23rd, 2012

    @cfm
    They probably get a warning first from their chastity belt via a clitorectomy.

    After a while I guess that wasn’t working being they kept leaving in droves to find anyone to mate with besides their hairy faced animal breeding molesting husbands.

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  9. Nutjob

    November 23rd, 2012

    I truly don’t undersand why there aren’t more women suicide bombers in the middle east.
    You’d think they’d be first in line to leave this life of hell on earth brought to them by moohamed.
    But then again maybe they’re afraid of what moohammmed has in store for them for eternity.

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  10. IronyCurtain

    November 23rd, 2012

    We can learn so much from the diverse cultures and peoples of distant lands.

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  11. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    November 23rd, 2012

    Amazing the stupid shit people let happen to them.

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  12. MaryfromMarin

    November 24th, 2012

    Here in the U.S. we microchip our pets.

    Is that what they are doing to women in Saudi Arabia?

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  13. judgeroybean

    November 24th, 2012

    And at universities all over America there are brain dead liberal women foolish enough to get involved with rag heads. Good luck with that!

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  14. Tedjusant

    November 24th, 2012

    Can we expect this to happen to all muslim women in Europe and america.

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