RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has banned its male citizens from marrying - TopicsExpress


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has banned its male citizens from marrying women from four countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Myanmar - apolice officer said. The announcement comes as apart of Saudi Arabias efforts to prohibit Saudi men from marrying expatriates, asubject widely debated in the Gulf nation. READ ALSO: Saudiman finds cigarette in wifes bag,divorces her There is an estimated 500,000women from the four countries, residing in Saudi Arabia. Mecca Police Director Assaf Al-Qurashi said additional formalities have been placed before issuing the permission for marriage with foreigners, Dawnonline reported citing alocal daily Wednesday. Tougher regulations have been introduced for such marriages, that includes, obtaining consent from the authorities and submitting marriage applications through official channels, the report said. Grooms take part in amass wedding ceremony in Riyadh. (Reuters Photo) Applicants should be over 25and attach identification documents signed by the local district mayor as well as all other identity papers, including acopy of his family card. If the applicant is already married, he should attach areport from ahospital proving that his wife is either disabled, suffering from achronic disease or is sterile, Al-Qurashi said. However, no official announcement has been released by the Saudi Arabian government till yet. The largest oil exporting nation is home to an estimated 9million expatriate worker, constituting 30per cent of the total population. The highly conservative country has been the subject of global condemnation for its bad record in granting equal rights to women in the country.
Posted on: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:56:53 +0000

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