Novel protest - Saudi women behind steering wheel, wants men in passenger seat

Novel protest - Saudi women behind steering wheel, wants men in passenger seat

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia | Jun 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM PDT
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Women are banned from driving in Saudi Arabia.

In order to lodge their protest, they have decided to flout the ban by occupying the seat behind the steering wheel and requesting the men (husband, brother etcetera) to occupy the passenger seats.

This has been reported in of dated 17th of June 2012.

It may be recalled that exactly one year back on 17 June 2011, a group of about 100 women participated in the first demonstration which had been organized by underground civil disobedience campaigns ‘Women2Drive’ and ‘I Will Drive My Own Car’.

One woman was punished with 10-lashes – the punishment was later revoked by the King.

In the latest show of defiance, 33-year old Manal al-Sharif and 45-year old Najla Hariri have resorted to an open letter with over 600 signatories to King Abdullah with an appeal to put an end to this Draconian Law.

The protest would be an organized one with women who hold international licenses behind the steering wheels.

They have been instructed to maintain decorum by wearing the legally required full Islamic dress and also by displaying a picture of the King.

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