Divorces rise by nearly a third in Saudi Arabia during coronavirus lockdown period

Divorces rise by nearly a third in Saudi Arabia during coronavirus lockdown period
Divorces are on the rise in Saudi Arabia.
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03 June, 2020
Divorces are on the rise in Saudi Arabia [file photo-Getty]
Divorces in Saudi Arabia have increased by 30 percent during the coronavirus crisis, local media have reported.

The trend of polygamy - marrying more than one wife - has been relatively common in the kingdom, but local media have claimed changing social dynamics in Saudi Arabia with women rejecting the concept.

Local media attributed many of the nearly one-third increase in divorces were due to Saudi women discovering during the lockdown period that their husbands had married a second wife in secret, Saudi daily Okaz reported.

There were 7,482 divorces in Saudi Arabia in February, when curfews and travel restrictions were first implemented.

There are no figures for the following months due to the suspension of courts due to the coronavirus epidemic, according to Gulf News.

The majority of divorce deeds were filed in Mecca and Riyadh.

Dubai announced in April that it was suspending divorce proceedings "until further notice" due to the spread of Covid-19, but moved towards e-marriages.

Other countries, including China, reported a spike in divorce rates during the coronavirus crisis, when self-isolation and quarantine measures were enacted.

There have been concerns across the world about domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis, with abused often locked in their homes with their abusers due to curfews.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have started to ease lockdown restrictions after a disastrous impact on local businesses.

Cases have continued to rise in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman despite the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

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