recently reported that Saudi women were being electronically tracked by authorities that sent automatic text messages to women's male guardians if women attempted to travel beyond the Kingdom's borders. The texts ensured that men could keep track of their women folk and thwarted the possibility of women leaving the Kingdom on forged documents without their husband's or guardian's permission.
The Interior Ministry has now confirmed the free service after several Saudi men reported receiving messages regarding the movement of their wives. They had not requested the messages. According to Manal Bint Masoud Al-Sharif whose cynical article on the subject was published in the Saudi Gazette
, the service was first introduced on an optional basis in 2010. It has now been extended to all Saudi male citizens regardless of their desire to partake of the service.
As al-Sharif notes these new regulations "have further consolidated the position of inferiority of women and how they are being treated with suspicion and looked down upon. Women are being treated as irresponsible and immature people no matter how old they may be."
demonstrates the inequality between the sexes in Saudi Arabia. Whilst it is perfectly legitimate under Saudi law for men to spy on their women and now have the aid of the authorities, it is illegal for women to spy on their husbands. Suspicious wives who choose to use modern technology such as Email, spy cams, Facebook, cell phones, and cameras to spy on their possibly cheating spouses can face prosecution if caught out. However, women are increasingly taking the risk of electronically spying on their spouses.