Saudi Woman Faces Charges For Driving During Emergency

July 21, 2011
Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers

Residents of the United States likely take their driving privileges for granted. Not so in Saudi Arabia, which is the only country in the world that bans females from driving.

One Saudi woman is now facing charges after she drove during what she said was a medical emergency. The unnamed 35-year-old was arrested in Jeddah and then released to her father. She claimed to be suffering from a hemorrhage, and she drove to the hospital due to the lack of public transit or a hired driver. While the woman will be tried, it's unclear what punishment she might face if found guilty.

There is no written law against female drivers, but religious edicts keep them from driving. Most use male relatives or hired drivers for their transport needs.

This comes about a month after Saudi women took to the roads in protest on June 17.


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