Women should avoid driving or suffer the consequences of damage to their pelvis and ovaries, a Saudi sheikh has claimed.
Citing a scientific study drawn up by Saudia Arabia’s highest religious council in 2011, Salah al-Luhaydan said to news website sabq.org: “[Driving] could have a reverse physiological impact. Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects and rolls up the pelvis.”
“This is why we find women who continuously drive cars ─ their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees”, the sheikh added.
The report, which is likely being used as a scare tactic to keep women from driving in a country where it’s currently illegal, also stated that relaxing the ban would see more Saudi men and women turn to homosexuality and pornography.
It claims allowing women to drive would, “provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce”, create a population “with no more virgins” and cause the same ‘moral decline’ seen in Muslim countries where women can drive.
Former professor Kamal Subhi, of the King Fahd university, allegedly worked in conjunction with the Saudi Arabia religious council on the scientific study, which has attracted much criticism from around the world.
In the report Subhi wrote about a particular experience: “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.”
In Saudi Arabia, all females must have a male guardian who has a say in what they can or can’t do. The same laws drawn up in 1932 make driving illegal for females. It is the only country in the world where this law applies.
Unhappy with their lack of freedom, many women have taken to the wheel to protest against the law. Sadly, females who have been caught at the wheel have reportedly been punished by whipping and, in one extreme case, death.