Saudi ladies warned in opposition to driving earlier than ban is lifted
Almost a decade and a half in the past, Queen Elizabeth II took the late Saudi King Abdullah for a spin in her royal Land Rover. Simply this week, Riyadh police issued a warning to all ladies in Saudi Arabia that they can’t but legally drive, regardless of royal decree simply final month that the long-standing ban on feminine drivers might be lifted subsequent yr.
The brand new warning comes after video surfaced displaying a girl driving herself away from a Riyadh lodge. The lady was reportedly not arrested, however cited for violating the ban; equally, the male proprietor of the automotive was additionally cited, for “violating site visitors guidelines.”
In an interview with Agence France Press, a police spokesman mentioned, “We name on all Saudi residents to respect the regulation and wait till the ban on ladies driving formally ends.”
As a associated matter, the Kingdom’s Normal Division of Visitors took to Saudi airwaves to unfold a warning that “unauthorized workplaces” have been coaching ladies to drive. With out specifying any particular risk or drawback with the instruction, the division’s spokesman mentioned that “ladies shouldn’t be in a rush to discover ways to drive via unauthorized workplaces,” earlier than including that, “licensed workplaces might be introduced quickly.”
Whereas many of the world cheered the transfer as a long-overdue step towards lowering Saudi Arabia’s state- and culturally-enforced gender hole, it has met with a combined reception throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Some have gone as far as to threaten to kill any ladies seen driving a automobile — even after it turns into authorized to take action.