20 Jul '11, 2pm

Saudi woman to be tried for driving

RIYADH - A SAUDI woman will be tried for taking the wheel, in what she said was an emergency, despite the ultra-conservative kingdom's ban on females driving, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Wednesday. According to the newspaper, the unnamed 35-year-old was arrested in Jeddah, then released with her father as her guarantor. The woman said she had to drive because she was suffering from a haemorrhage and, 'in the absence of public transportation' and no driver of her own, she had no other way to get to the hospital, Okaz said. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. A group of defiant Saudi women got behind the wheels of their cars on June 17 in response to calls for nationwide action to break the ban. Women in the kingdom must hire drivers, or depend on the good will of male relatives if they do not have the means. The ban, paradoxically, e...

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