Saudi Arabia isn’t ready to lift the ban on women driving,
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman said, adding
that it’s not just a matter of ending strictures imposed by
the kingdom’s austere form of Islam. Allowing women to
drive is not a religious issue as much as it is an issue that
relates to the community itself that either accepts it or
refuses it, said the 30-year-old son of King Salman.
“The community is not convinced about women driving”
and sees negative consequences if it’s allowed, the prince
said on Monday after outlining a plan to reduce the
kingdom’s reliance on oil.
The prince had signalled his support for more freedom for
women during an interview this month, saying “we believe
women have rights in Islam that they’ve yet to obtain.”
But when a reporter asked him about the driving ban on
Monday, he said reform couldn’t be rushed. Changes could
happen in the future and we always hope they will be
positive changes,” he said.
Source: Gulf News