Divorce rate goes up in Saudi Arabia amid pandemic lockdown

New Age Online | Published: 12:34, Jun 10,2020 | Updated: 17:05, Jun 10,2020


An AFP file photo of Saudi Arabian women

Divorce rates in Saudi Arabia have increased by 30 per cent during the lockdown enforced by the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, reports Gulf News.
The the Dubai-based English language paper said the rate of divorce has increased compared to the same period last year.
However, during the lockdown period, 13,000 people also tied nuptial knots an increase of 5% compared to the same period in the previous year.
The ministry also informed that as many as 7,482 requests of divorce and Khula - a procedure in Islam which allows a woman to divorce her husband – were lodged.
According to Gulf News, some Saudi working women including doctors, citied secret marriages of their spouses as reasons for seeking a divorce.
Apparently, the preventive measures taken to stem the spread of the coronavirus including imposing lockdown – contributed to helping women to uncover the secret marriage of their husbands.

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