August 22, 2017

Woman arrested in Saudi Arabia for driving a car

Manal al-Sherif driving her car. That is one naughty lady. The cool shades didn't stop her getting arrested.

Religious police in Saudi Arabia have arrested Manal al-Sherif, a Saudi woman for driving a car in the eastern city of Khobar.

Al-Sherif had posted a video of herself driving a car on Facebook and YouTube as part of a protest against women being banned from drivinging in Saudi Arabia.

Manal al-Sherif is part of a group of women who started a Facebook page called ”Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself”, which is urging authorities to lift the driving ban.

Manal al-Sherif, 30, says ”This is a volunteer campaign to help the girls of this country learn to drive, at least for times of emergency, God forbid. What if whoever is driving them gets a heart attack?”

”We want to live as complete citizens, without the humiliation that we are subjected to every day because we are tied to a driver.”

A human rights activist, Walid Abou el-Kheir, said Ms Sherif was detained by the religious police, who were charged with ensuring the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic teachings are observed.

Saudi Arabia is the only country to ban all women – both Saudi and foreign – from driving.

The ban forces families to hire live-in drivers, and those who cannot afford the $US300 to $US400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them wherever they need to go.

While we are on the banning women topic in Saudi Arabia, they also ban them from voting. The only concession in the last couple of years is in two cities where they are allowed to vote for a chamber of commerce. Yeah knock yourself out ladies, to be trusted to vote for such a prestigious body as a chamber of commerce must mean the blokes think you have a small brain after all, instead of none at all.

Women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to hold political office and sit on the kingdom’s cabinet. So that is a complete ban on sitting on furniture. How draconian is that?

Women also cannot travel without permission from a male guardian and should not mingle with males who are not their husbands or brothers. Yes unprotected mingling is a no-no.

Through their Facebook page, the campaigners are calling for a mass drive on 17th June.

Newswarped suspects the religious police will be out in force on that day to make sure those ladies aren’t allowed to do anything vaguely independent. Just as long as the police don’t mingle with the lady drivers otherwise they might be forced to arrrest themselves.