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Saudi Arabia has eased travel restrictions on women but observers say loopholes still allow male relatives to curtail their movements and, in the worst cases, leave them marooned in prison-like shelters.In August, the conservative kingdom allowed women over the age of 21 to obtain passports without seeking the approval of their "guardians" -- fathers, husbands or other male relatives.While allowing travel documents, Saudi Arabia has not done away with "taghayyub" -- a legal provision that means "absent" in Arabic and which has long been used to constrain women who leave home without permission.Saudi authorities did not respond to requests for comment.Officials in Riyadh told AFP that dozens of women have applied for passports since the reform was announced.Women also still require a guardian's permission to marry or to be released from prisons and shelters.A document from the facility seen by AFP described one of the women as "frustrated", "rebellious" and seeking to sully her family's reputation.Saudi authorities did not respond to repeated requests for access to the shelters.
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