Thursday, September 29, 2011


Just as we thought.

A Saudi woman sentenced to be lashed 10 times for defying the country's ban on female drivers has had her punishment overturned by the king.


Although there has been no official confirmation of the ruling, Princess Amira al-Taweel, wife of the Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, tweeted: "Thank God, the lashing of [Shaima] is cancelled. Thanks to our beloved king. I am sure all Saudi women will be so happy, I know I am."

  UK Guardian

And since, as we previously learned, this was the first time any woman had been so sentenced, and the sentence came the day after King Abdullah announced he would appoint women (woman, more likely) to the Shura council, it looks a little more than suspicious that the whole thing was a set up to help bolster the King's attempts to look good.

The moves underline the challenge facing Abdullah, known as a reformer, as he pushes gently for change while trying not to antagonise the powerful clergy and a conservative segment of the population.

Although there are no written laws that restrict women from driving, the prohibition is rooted in conservative traditions and religious views that hold that giving freedom of movement to women would make them vulnerable to sins.

Wouldn’t want that. I’ve been told by a Saudi man that they make women wear all that covering garb out of great respect for them, so that they cannot be defiled by any man’s vulgar stares. Right. Anyway, since there is no law against women driving, how did she get sentenced for it?

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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