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Saudi Arabia Adopts First Law to Criminalize Domestic Violence

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The law, approved by the cabinet on Monday, is aimed at protecting people from "all forms of abuse" and offering them shelter as well as "social, psychological, and medical aid," according to its text.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:39 pm
about time!

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:11 pm
Looks like they (Saudi Arabia) are more progressive than I thought! Peace, Light and Love.

Animae C (516)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:38 pm
Yes, about time!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:01 pm
Thank you for the excellent news, Carrie!

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:12 pm
It's a good first step but there's the bit - applying the law "will take time due to administrative delays." Curious to know what administrative delays can prevent a woman or child from getting abused...

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 6:09 pm
Very exciting to see them taking action ~ Thanks for the good news Carrie :)

Jason S (50)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 6:33 pm
Good posting, thanks

Lona G (80)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 8:11 pm
Making a new law is one thing, but applying it is something different. Women have to face the policemen behind their desks if they want to have their abuser charged. And that may be a formidable obstacle for most women, as other countries in the region have shown. If the police doesn't cooperate and slows down the paperwork, the women can't go back to her abuser or she'll be in for more abuse. Getting the charges to court may be another story altogether.

I'm very curious to know how this law works out in a year or so.

Laurie H (817)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 8:31 pm
Well this is interesting news & good to hear!!! A step that progress may be happening there~ Thanks Carrie!!~

Susanne R (235)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 10:19 pm
I agree with Lona. Men simply don't respect women in Saudi Arabia --they treat them like possessions-- and it's hard to believe that men will enforce laws that give women the upper hand over a man --even if he is cruel and abusive.

Patricia H. (440)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:29 am
thumbs up Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:43 am

Frances Darcy (133)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:56 am
Noted .... it is a start

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:39 am
I believe it when I see it. Just having it on a piece of paper does not mean it will work. But at least it is a start. Thank you.

Diane O (194)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:46 am
This is great news!

. (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 7:18 am
It's about time they did something right over there. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:51 am
I'm not sipping on the bubbly just yet---let's see if it's enforced. Thanks

Friday August 30, 2013, 9:49 am
Birgit W. i agree with you...
noted with hope

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:06 pm
Thats good news. Better than the news that the chemical weapons in Syria originated in Saudi Arabia.

Maria Christina Lemos (1)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:24 pm
Boa notícia,já estava mais que na hora!

Mitchell D (87)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:47 pm
Is this a watershed moment in the Muslim world?

S S (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:07 pm
Thank you.

Mike M (40)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:12 pm
Just having it does not me they will use it. It will most likely just be some more pretty pieces of paper that me nothing

Colleen L (3)
Friday August 30, 2013, 3:20 pm
Yeah...I agree's about time. Thanks Carrie

Rose Becke (141)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:34 pm
About time

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:26 am
good for them

. (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:49 am
Finally, a crack in shari's law.

M B (62)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:22 am
good news.

Helga Ganguly (138)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 11:25 am
Against men or against women?

Barbara V (51)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:17 pm
We'll see how it goes. Usually, it's the woman that gets the dirty end of the stick.

Melania P (122)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:51 pm
This is so awesome! I hope it is true, I will truly believe until I see it....
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