Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saudi Democracy in Action: Saudi woman to be lashed for defying driving ban

Shaima Jastaina sentenced to 10 lashes after being found guilty of driving without permission, Wednesday 28 September 2011

"A Saudi woman has been sentenced to be lashed 10 times with a whip for defying the kingdom's prohibition on female drivers.

It is the first time a legal punishment has been handed down for a violation of the longtime ban in the ultraconservative Muslim nation.

Police usually stop female drivers, question them and let them go after they sign a pledge not to drive again. But dozens of women have continued to take to the roads since June in a campaign to break the taboo....."

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