Idiots. Saudi Males Use E-eye to Track their Women Riyadh, Nov 23 (AFP): Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. Since last week, Saudi womenâ€™s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple. The husband, who was travelling with his wife, received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh. â€œThe authorities are using technology to monitor women,â€ said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the â€œstate of slavery under which women are heldâ€ in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the â€œyellow sheetâ€ at the airport or border. The move by the Saudi authorities was swiftly condemned on social network Twitter â€“ a rare bubble of freedom for millions in the kingdom â€“ with critics mocking the decision. â€œHello Taliban, herewith some tips from the Saudi e-government!â€ read one post. â€œWhy donâ€™t you cuff your women with tracking ankle bracelets too?â€ wrote Israa. â€œWhy donâ€™t we just install a microchip into our women to track them around?â€ joked another. â€œIf I need an SMS to let me know my wife is leaving Saudi Arabia, then Iâ€™m either married to the wrong woman or need a psychiatrist,â€ tweeted Hisham. â€œThis is technology used to serve backwardness in order to keep women imprisoned,â€ said Bishr, the columnist. â€œIt would have been better for the government to busy itself with finding a solution for women subjected to domestic violenceâ€ than track their movements into and out of the country. Saudi Arabia applies a strict interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law, and is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive.