According to an Agence France-Press story, a new system implemented last week sends Saudi husbands text messages from the Saudi immigration agency when their wives are flying out of King Khaled International Airport, near Riyahd.
And this system is operational for all dependents (children, women, and foreign workers).
Saudi Arabia, which ranked second worst in a Thomson Reuters global survey on women’s rights in mid 2012, is a notoriously repressive country.
Women are not allowed to leave the country without signed permission from their husbands.
Women are banned from driving,
required to have a male guardian,
just received the right to vote in municipal elections last year,
and must cover most of their bodies, traditionally with a burqa or niqab.