Saudi woman driver gets both praise and criticism after posting driving video
Saudis have equally praising and criticizing a Saudi woman who posted a video clip of her driving in the capital, Riyadh.
In the one-minute clip, the veiled woman, namely Lateefa Al Ubairi, said she had a driving licence from the United States.
Ubairi added that she was looking forward to obtaining a driving licence from her country.
According to Gulf News, women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia even though there is no legal text that bans them from driving.
However, women, if found driving, are pulled over by traffic police for doing so without a Saudi licence.
They are allowed to go home after they sign a pledge not to drive again.
Following the video post, many commented with Saud, a commenter, saying that what Lateefa has done is fantastic, driving is her right.
Badr Sary, another commenter, said that the clip was a great response to the extremists.
However, Saudis who oppose allowing women to drive have called for stringent measures against those who get behind the wheel.
Fahad, an opponent of women drivers posted, saying Lateefa should be apprehended by the police for breaking the law and the orders of the interior ministry, adding she should be punished severely for her defying behaviour.
Maram, in her comments, said that she was looking forward to strong action against women who insisted on driving.
(Posted on 27-03-2014)
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