Saudi Arabia has prohibited its men from marrying women from Pakistan, Bangladesh and two other nations, in an apparent move aimed at discouraging its citizens from marrying foreigners.
Apart from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Saudi men now can't marry women from Chad and Myanmar as well.
Saudi Arabia is home to an estimated 500,000 women from these four countries, while the strong 9 million expatriate community constitute about 30 per cent of the kingdom's total population.
Saudi men wishing to marry foreigners now face tougher regulations as additional formalities have been placed before issuing permission for marriage with foreigners, Dawnonline reported citing a report in Makkah daily.
Those wanting to marry foreign women should first obtain the consent of the government and submit marriage applications through official channels, Mecca police director Maj Gen Assaf Al-Qurashi was quoted as saying in the report.
The official said applicants should be over 25 and attach identification documents signed by the local district mayor as well as all other identity papers, including a copy of his family card.
"If the applicant is already married, he should attach a report from a hospital proving that his wife is either disabled, suffering from a chronic disease or is sterile," he said.
Qurashi said divorced men would not be allowed to apply within six months of their divorce.
To gayatri from Madrid, Indian girls are in short supply anyway. We do not want to export our girls to other countries. We welcome foreigners if they wish to settle in india and live among the Indians.
Must say Indian women are quite in demand. Germans like Indian girls for some reason.
'' India should impose a ban on Saudis marrying Indian girls unless they produce proof that they do not already have a wife in Saudi Arabia. Moreover the girl should be at least 18 and should give her consent herself. Consent given on her behalf by greedy parents should not be acceptable.'' ANWAAR, DALLAS
Anwaar , please tell this to Owaisi and his comrades. In Hyderabad the Arabs come and marry the Muslim girls, most of them are under age. And no RSS arranges these marriages. It is their parents who do that for the money. If India wants to stop that, people like you will complain that Modi is discriminating Muslims.
I would request the saudis to allow their women marry Indian Muslims, and keep them there.
It must be admitted that Saudi Arabia has done great service to the women of both countries. Never expected such large-heartedness from them. Kudos.
India should impose a ban on Saudis marrying Indian girls unless they produce proof that they do not already have a wife in Saudi Arabia. Moreover the girl should be at least 18 and should give her consent herself. Consent given on her behalf by greedy parents should not be acceptable.