KUWAIT CITY, Jan 12: The parliamentary Women and Family Affairs Committee discussed Thursday the alleged suspension of assistance granted to Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis. During the meeting, Committee Rapporteur MP Safa Al-Hashem called on the Ministry of Social Affairs to reconsider its decision to stop supporting these women.
She asserted the ministry should refer those proven to have committed forgery to the Public Prosecution rather than canceling support for the whole sector.
She added the committee will invite Credit Bank officials to a discussion on the housing loan for women, while arrangements have been made with the Central Prison administration for the committee to visit the women’s prison.
Meanwhile, MP Ahmed Nabil Al-Fadel presented a proposal for taxi companies to prioritize Bedouns in hiring drivers. He called on the Interior Ministry to facilitate the issuance of driving licenses to Bedouns in order to stop exploitation of these people just because of difficulties in obtaining a license.
In the same vein, MP Khalid Al-Shatti expressed deep regret for Bedouns’ suffering which has been going on for decades. He stressed the need to address the issue quickly. He pointed out that Bedouns have been in a difficult situation for a long time, urging the government to take the necessary action to grant citizenship to deserving Bedouns.
He voiced objection to what he considers continuous abuse of Bedouns who deserve citizenship, especially those included in the 1965 Census. On the other hand, Al- Shatti called for naturalization of children born to Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis, explaining the Constitution does not discriminate between men and women in terms of their rights. He said the executive and legislative authorities have agreed on granting citizenship to this category.
In another development, Chairman of the Human Rights Committee MP Adel Al-Damkhi confirmed that they will conduct a thorough investigation on observations made during prison visits soon after receiving official instruction from the National Assembly.
He disclosed the situation in the women’s prison is much better than the men’s prison. He said they discovered that 24 out of 190 female prisoners are citizens, adding that they will also address issues related to conjugal visits particularly the suggestion to allow prisoners to spend private time with their spouses in the family home. He added the Deportation Center is crowded due to the long process stressing the need to solve this problem.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff