Saudi scholars say 'no more virgins' if women allowed to drive
In a "scientific" report written with Professor Kamal Subhi, formerly of King Fahd University, scholars of the Majlis al-Ifta' al-A'ala, Saudi Arabia's highest religious council, say allowing Saudi women to drive would lead to a scarcity of virgins.
The report which was presented to the Shura Council, Saudi Arabia's legislative body, soon after Shaima Jastaniya, a 34-year-old woman was sentenced to 10 lashes after being caught driving in Jeddah, warned of the dire consequences to Saudi Arabia of allowing women behind the wheel. The scholars, according to Daily Mail
, warned the Shura Council that repealing the ban on women driving would "provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce."
The report warned the legislative body that repealing the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia would result in "no more virgins." The report predicted that virgins would be extinct in Saudi Arabia in ten years if women were allowed to drive. The report supported its conclusion by pointing to the "moral decline" in other Muslim countries in which women are allowed to drive.
Professor Kamal Subhi, according to The Telegraph
, presented a case study of an unnamed Muslim country. He said while visiting the country and sitting in a coffee shop, "All the women were looking at me. One made a gesture that made it clear she was available...this is what happens when women are allowed to drive."
reports that the law which bans women from driving is very unpopular in Saudi Arabia, but conservative members of the Saudi royalty and religious clerics are resisting reform.
reported that Saudi legislators are considering another law that will require women to cover their eyes in public. According to the Digital Journal[/url ]report:
[quote]"A representative of Saudi Arabia's 'Orwellian' Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, has announced that a proposal to make it law that women with 'sexy eyes' must cover them in public is being considered."[/quote]
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are banned from driving.