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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4437667.stm Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK Saudi Arabia bans forced marriage Saudi Arabia s top religious
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      Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK

      Saudi Arabia bans forced marriage

      Saudi Arabia's top religious authority has banned the
      practice of forcing women to marry against their will.

      Grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said forced
      marriage was against Islamic law and those responsible
      for it should be jailed.

      A high number of forced marriages in Saudi Arabia is
      believed to be a factor in the country's steep divorce
      rate.

      The ban is a significant victory for women's rights in
      Saudi Arabia, where females face a range of
      restrictions.

      'Un-Islamic'

      Sheikh Abdul Aziz, who heads the Council of Senior
      Ulema (Scholars) said: "Forcing a woman to marry
      someone she does not want and preventing her from
      wedding that whom she chooses... is not permissible"
      under Islamic law.

      He said father who coerce daughters into in marriage
      should be jailed and not released "until they change
      their minds".

      According to Saudi media, about half of marriages in
      the country end in divorce, the Associated Press news
      agency reported.

      Women are subject to number of restrictions in the
      kingdom - an absolute monarchy, governed according to
      a highly conservative interpretation of Islamic Sharia
      law.

      They are obliged to wear a veil and are not permitted
      to travel alone or mix with men other than relatives.

      Women were not able to obtain separate identity cards
      until 2001, and even then only with the permission of
      a male relative.

      They do not have the right to vote or run for public
      office and, until June this year, were forbidden from
      working in most jobs.
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