04 Dec '11, 1am

Saudi report claims that allowing women to drive could encourage premarital sex: Rights activist

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A report given to a high-level advisory group in Saudi Arabia claims that allowing women in the kingdom to drive could encourage premarital sex, a rights activist said on Saturday. The ultraconservative stance suggests increasing pressure on King Abdullah to retain the kingdom's male-only driving rules despite international criticism. Rights activist Waleed Abu Alkhair said the document by a well-known academic was sent to the all-male Shura Council, which advises the monarchy. The report by Kamal Subhi claims that allowing women to drive will threaten the country's traditions of virgin brides, he said. The suggestion is that driving will allow greater mixing of genders and could promote sex. Saudi women have staged several protests defying the driving ban. The king has already promised some reforms, including allowing women to vote in municipal...

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