Saudi cleric warns that allowing women to drive could “enable them to get to places of sin quicker”
RIYADH: In response to renewed calls for women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, a cleric in Riyadh has warned of the very real dangers of such a move.
Speaking to local news website Sabq.org, Shaikh Salah Al Lohaidan cautioned that lifting the driving ban on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom could “enable [women] to get to places of sin far quicker”.
“As soon as you give women the chance to drive themselves, opportunities for vice are greatly enhanced,” he added. “The pool hall, the sauna, the liquor store… they’re just a short car ride away. And don’t even get me started on the sort of music they might want to put on the stereo.”