By Sandra Birungi
The police in Saudi Arabia banned women from driving but for those few women who do not want to keep the law, their husbands will instead be fined, heavily.
So far, six women were found driving and were issued with fines. This comes in the wake of women rights activists challenging the ban last month. According to al-Sharq newspaper, traffic police issued fines totalling 5,400 riyals ($1,400) for allowing “an unqualified person to drive”.
“The cases were stopped near the beach and in uninhabited areas that are still being developed,” Major Mansour al-Shakra said. “They were driving for fun and not to learn how to drive.”
Even though there are no explicit laws banning women from driving, drivers licenses are not issued to women which makes it illegal to drive. In addition to this, women have organized political protests despite the country having no political party and holds elections only for city councils.
A group of Saudi activists last week called on women to get behind the wheel on October 26 to challenge the ban.