Saudi Arabia’s oldest religious, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin-Abdullah al-Sheikh has defended the ban on women in the kingdom from driving for the reason that they will be “exposed to evil” if they have The right to drive.
He said that “obsessed by women” and “weak minds” could end up causing harm to women at the wheel and that their fathers would not know where they are.
Although women in Saudi Arabia are not prohibited from driving by law, in practice however, they are unable to obtain the driver’s license. Exceptions are sometimes made in rural areas, if a woman needs to drive for her family life.
Despite stifling conservative standards, the Kingdom has made progress in women’s rights, women were allowed to vote for the first time last year.
In February 2015, the claims of Saleh al-Saadoon, a conservative historian, sparked an outcry, saying that women in Saudi Arabia should not be allowed to drive on the grounds that they could be seen if their cars fall Out of order.