Saudi Arabia is a conservative country with strict laws and regulations, yet the rate of secret marriages called Misyar marriages and the abandon children is rising day by day. The Saudi men are keen on marrying different women but as yet they are unable to provide them proper recognition and the children from them are some how unable to have a legal status in their father name as they don’t own it.
Under the concern of the alarming condition, The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has taken up the issue personally and is focusing on the reported issues to help the women and their children with legal status. Read about the different aspects of the story in the article below.
Self- interest of HRC towards the concerning issue
The The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has said that they are closely following up the different cases so that the concerned judicial parties would work quickly in looking at the cases to ensure the legal rights of the children. According to them the refusal of the fathers to recognize their children is a severe violation of the system which will, in turn, leads to children protection harms and will deprive them of their rights to know their fathers, obtain identity papers and live in a stable family environment.
The complaint received to the commission on the Misyar marriage
The director of HRC commission in Jeddah, said that they received a complaint from a Saudi woman who was secretly married to a Saudi man in a Misyar marriage and have a 5-year old boy from him. But unfortunately, the Saudi man is refusing to recognize his son whereas they are living with the man in the same house. According to the woman,
“Our son is now five years old but my husband is refusing to admit him or issue him with the papers that will enable him to obtain the nationality,”
She further told that her husband refused to document their marriage. Even at the time of delivery, he admitted her in the hospital under the name of his first wife, which is a crime in itself.
The lack of reporting and the actions against such incidents
According the director commission, there were many such cases but a large number of them were not reported. During the last 3 years, 3 different cases are brought into notice onto which the HRC is personally following up with the concerned legal authorities. They are trying to take the case to the court if the fathers continued their refusal to recognize their children.
The case of 20-years old girl and the Misyar marriage
A Saudi man was married to a girl outside the kingdom which was against the laws and without the permission of the concerned Kingdom authorities. The Personal Affairs Court in Jeddah received a complaint of a girl whose father refused to identify her for the past 20 years. The court has issued a final ruling in favor of a girl ordering the father to recognize his daughter and issue her with the identity papers.
Source: Saudi Gazette