Skip to comments.Female driver who defied Saudi motoring ban dies in fatal road accident
Posted on 01/24/2012 4:23:26 PM PST by COUNTrecount
A woman who defied a driving ban on female motorists in Saudi Arabia has died in a car crash.
Another was hurt in the crash in the only country in the world where females are banned from getting behind the wheel.
A police spokesman said that one of the women was killed instantly but the other had to go to hospital to be treated for her injuries. The woman's death comes months after Manal Al-Sherif was detained for being behind the wheel in the only country in the world where women are banned from driving
They were in a four-wheel drive on Saturday evening in the northern Hael province when the accident happened.
'One woman was immediately killed and her companion who was driving the car was hospitalised after she suffered several injuries' police spokesman Abdulaziz al-Zunaidi told AFP.
Their deaths come after they joined a growing number of women who have defied the ban since a high-profile campaign by a 32-year-old computer security consultant.
Manal al-Sherif was arrested and detained for 10 days in May after posting a video of herself on YouTube as she drover around Khobar, a city to the east of the country. There has been a rise in women drivers since Manal al Sherif (pictured) was arrested and held for 10 days in May last year
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The woman's death comes months after Manal Al-Sherif was detained for being behind the wheel in the only country in the world where women are banned from driving
My first thought was that this will be used by the Saudis to justify their previous ban.
My second thought is: Was another vehicle involved?
And if so, does it belong to a member of the Saudi royal family?
I wonder what the woman was wearing and how it affected her vision.
Interesting that the report says she was a passenger.
I make a bold prediction about her fate. I predict that she will lose her head as a result of this accident. As a consolation, she should be happy that no one will throw any stones at her.
The article does not provide the sex of the driver. I suspect it was a male, since if it had been a female, you can bet everything you own that it would have figured predominantly in the story.
Perhaps if Manal al-Sherif had been behind the wheel, the accident could have been avoided.
I have to admit that the story m[lies that the sex of the driver was female. But it does not explicitly say so.
“...one of the women was killed instantly but the other had to go to hospital to be treated for her injuries”
I’m on the road a lot. Sometimes I have to drive through New Jersey past NYC. I noticed that I am assaulted two or three times every such commute by the worst G.D. drivers I can imagine. It’s always a van, and it is always a middle easterner with a scarf, and it is always a woman. Do they teach them to be bad drivers on purpose?
Karma’s a bi^*h.
more like demolition derby than an accident if you ask me
Maybe the Saudi’s knew what they were doing with the ban.
Yep, she looks like a Saudi drifting maniac.
Yep, she looks like a Saudi drifting maniac.
I’d say it doesn’t really matter if she was the driver or not.
Since the article raises a true & strong possibility: “A woman who defied a driving ban on female motorists in Saudi Arabia has died in a car crash.” — Although, the Saudis usually tend to make (more visible) examples of such religious defiance, rather than eliminating the ‘opposition’ in a so-called ‘accident’.
The Saudis too have the ‘religious police’ similar to the mullahs’ regime in Iran. A responsibility of the ‘religious police’ in SA is to ensure that Saudis adhere to prayers during prayer times, 5 times a day, if they’re in public places.
Women in SA must be accompanied by a ‘halal’ man when in public. Yes, ‘halal’ is not just for food. It also means what is (the person who is) religiously sanctioned in Islam. For a woman, it is her son, brother, husband or a father.
I have never been to SA, since I happen to be a female, and have no desire to visit.
In the early 1980s, when I was studying in the UK, I met a number of Saudi girls (students). They told me that photos in Saudi passports couldn’t show a female’s face. I then wondered how they could be allowed to enter the UK! At the time, she said their passports were accepted.
Unsurprising, many female Saudi teenagers I knew back then, as soon as arriving in the UK, would take off their ‘hejab’ and ‘face covering’, then immediately were off to places like Leicester Sq in the middle of London, in their tight t-shirts and jeans, and on their roller skates.
Also, an American friend, who is a university professor and spent a yr teaching in Saudi Arabia told me this about prostitution & strip-clubs in SA:
“Ive never figured out if my students were pulling my leg, but I was told that there was a strip joint in Ras Tanura (about an hour from Dahran) that cost you plenty to get in.”
There is a lot of sleazy activity going on in Saudi Arabia. But, unlike many western countries, I was told the Saudis keep it undercover and offshore.
Ray Charles could have seen this coming