Saudi Women Are Officially Allowed To Live Independently Now


In a landmark and historic ruling, Saudi women no longer need permission from their male guardians to live independently.

Saudi Arabia has officially allowed single, divorced, or widowed adult women to live independently

The Kingdom recently introduced a legal amendment allowing an adult and rational woman to live by herself in a separate house without permission from her father or male guardianship.

Judicial authorities scrapped Paragraph B under article No. 169 of the “Law of Procedure before Sharia Courts” which states that an adult single, divorced, or widowed woman shall be handed over to her male guardian.

It was replaced with a new legal text stipulating that “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”.

Families can no longer file lawsuits against their daughters who choose to live alone and courts will no longer accept such cases, which were given a priority earlier.

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