Women in Saudi Arabia were surprised when a court sentenced Shaima Jastaina, a woman guilty of violating the driving ban, 10 lashes, only a day after King Abdullah promised to protect women's rights and decreed that women would be allowed to participate in municipal elections in 2015, Huffpost World said.
The harsh sentence marked the first time a legal punishment had been handed down since women activists began their campaign in June to oppose the driving ban against women.
But on Wednesday, a government official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, said King Abdullah has overturned the 10 lashes ruling against the woman.
It was not clear whether the King had a change of heart on the court’s verdict or it had something to do with his promise he would appoint women to a currently all-male advisory body known as the Shura Council.
Yet his decision to suspend the lashing appeared the women were winning their cause.