Saudi Officials Extend Jail Time For Women Caught Driving

7ff8a8a007968d30670f6a7067004c8aWe have been following the international outrage over the arrest of Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, for driving as a woman. She was arrested with a female journalist. Not only is the Saudi government not backing down, it has extended their jail time by 25 more days to allow for further investigation.

Saudi Arabia continues to enforce an absurd rule against women driving despite the fact that even its most extreme Islamic neighbors in the region like Iran do not follow such a rule. The Saudi clerics believe that driving encourages licentiousness in women. One cleric also told Saudi women that driving harms their ovaries. Another “scientific” Saudi report said that there would be no more virgins in the country within ten years of women driving.

Under the Saudi legal system, the family has not even been told what is the basis for the women being held or the charges for which they are being investigated. It is hard to see why it would require another month to investigate a crime that the women filmed and posted on the Internet.

Despite flogging women who tried to drive, brave Saudi women continue to defy the government in regularly posted video (here and here and here and here).

Source: Yahoo

17 thoughts on “Saudi Officials Extend Jail Time For Women Caught Driving

  1. I really respect these women. It takes real bravery for a woman to fight unfair laws in the Middle East, but change has to come from within the country.

  2. We need to legalize fracking in every square inch of the United States in order to bankrupt these Medieval ideologues.

  3. What different can be expected coming from a misogynistic society run by male leaders in a country with a fundamentalist religion as the state religion?

  4. The UNITED STATES SHOULD STOP ALL AID TO THE SAUDIS AND EVERY OTHER COUNTRY THAT SEEKS TO DIS-INFRANCHISE HALF OF ITS POPULATION.

  5. It was not an individual case of Driving While Female that garnered this response from Saudi Arabia, it was the free speech of reporting and encouraging other women that caused the great offense to the government there.

  6. Saudi Arabian women should be gifted with the first self-driving cars.

    Western car companies should sell cars to Saudi Arabia equipped to stall when it senses testosterone so that only women can drive.

  7. These are our “allies” to whom we have given billions to “reform” their legal system. These are the men we protect. It is time our government considers what they are protecting.

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