Over 1,000 women in Saudi Arabia ask for divorce in six months

In this Sunday, May 11, 2014 photo, a Saudi couple sit on a bench overlooking the sea, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: AP)

A total of 1,163 women in various parts of the Kingdom have during the past six months, asked for khula (petitioning for a court divorce without the husband's consent and without having to prove any grounds for wanting it).

According to local daily Al-Madina on Tuesday, the wives have either petitioned for khula or for documenting it.

According to the report, Makkah Province, with 311 khula cases, tops all other regions. Riyadh came second with 238 cases followed by the Eastern Province with 144.

There were 73 khula cases in Al-Jouf, 59 in Jazan, 53 in Asir, 32 in Qassim and 20 cases each in the Northern Border Province, Tabuk and Hail.

The report said Madinah Province had 17 khula lawsuits filed, Najran 12 and Al-Baha eight.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on May 20, 2015.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45