Saudi Arabia to allow women to live alone without male guardian 

In a landmark move, Saudi Arabia is to allow unmarried, divorced or widowed women to live alone without the consent of close male relatives who are normally their guardians, or wali according to Islamic law. The judicial authorities in the ultra-conservative Kingdom have abolished Paragraph B of article 169 of the Law of Procedure before Sharia Courts. The amendment will enable single women to stay in their own separate accommodation. "An adult woman has the right to choose where to live," says the amended law. "A woman's guardian can only report her if he has evidence that she has committed a crime." Moreover, if a woman is imprisoned, she will not be handed over to her guardian after the expiry […]

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