Top Saudi cleric reiterates support for ban on women driving

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 6:52 PM

Though number laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities don't issue them licenses. Women'south rights activists have faced detention for trying to defy the ban.

Top Saudi cleric reiterates support for ban on women driving

Saudi Arabia'south most senior cleric has reiterated his support for the kingdom'south ban on women driving, arguing it's "a risky matter that exposes women to evil."

The kingdom adheres to an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam and is the only country in the world where women aren't allowed to drive. Though number laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities don't issue them licenses.

Women'south rights activists have faced detention for trying to defy the ban.

Speaking on the religious satellite channel al-Majd, Mufti Sheikh Abulaziz Al Sheikh said men with "weak spirits" who are "obsessed with women" could cause female drivers damage and that family members wouldn't know the whereabouts of women. His comments were published Sun on the state-linked Sabq news website.

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