Now Saudi Women Are Electronically Tracked
Guardians get texts when women leave the country
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 23, 2012 5:17 AM CST
Updated Nov 25, 2012 7:00 PM CST
In this Tuesday, May 24, 2011 file photo, Saudi women board a taxi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

(Newser) – It's the only country in the world where women can't drive—and now, if they leave it, their male guardians are electronically notified. When Saudi Arabian women cross the border, said guardians get a text message. The texts arrive even when couples are traveling together, AFP reports. Women can't leave the country unless their guardians sign them out at an airport or the border.

News of the electronic tracking was spread by women's driving activist Manal al-Sherif on Twitter, where it sparked a backlash. "Hello Taliban, herewith some tips from the Saudi e-government!" posted one user. "This is technology used to serve backwardness in order to keep women imprisoned," wrote columnist Badriya al-Bashir, slamming the "state of slavery under which women are held."

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Nov 26, 2012 10:43 AM CST
Such a peaceful people
Nov 26, 2012 7:21 AM CST
Freakin' A. Saudi women - you comprise at least 50% of the population of your country. AND the men ain't gonna have any progeny without you. Freaking rise up. Unite, and do not let them do this to you. Stay faithful to a husband who loves and respects you, if you love them in return. But do not put up with garbage! Inshallah, you will lead your oppressors into the current Century.
Nov 25, 2012 11:26 PM CST
firstly, How did our oil (US) get in there sand? Secondary, they know how to treat their women.