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» 12/02/2011
SAUDI ARABIA
If Saudi women allowed to drive in 10 years "there would be no virgins"
Report compiled by one of nations most important Religious Councils, accompanied by a "scientific" analysis, sent to all members of the Legislative Assembly. Increase in homosexuality, prostitution and pornography.

Riyadh (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Allowing Saudi women to drive would result in an increase in homosexuality, prostitution and pornography and "there would no longer be any virgins" in the country. These are the allegations are contained in a report by the Majlis al-Ifta 'al-A'ali, the largest religious organization in the country, sent to all 150 members of the Shura Council, the legislative assembly (advisory).

Attached to the dossier is a "scientific" report drawn up in collaboration with Kamal Subhi, former professor at King Fahd University.

The report is intended to be an assessment of the impact of lifting the Saudi Arabian ban on women driving cars, the only country in the world to impose such a ban, reviewed after the ruling that sentenced a 34 year old woman, Shaima Jastaniya to 10 lashes, because caught at the wheel of a car in Jeddah.

The revoking of the ban, says the report, would lead to a "moral decline within 10 years" leading to an increase in male and female homosexuality, prostitution and pornography and moreover "there would no longer be any virgins" in the country. As scientific evidence, Professor Subhi recounted what happened him in a café in a in a Muslim country (which he fails to name) where there is no ban: "All the women looked at me."


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See also
09/28/2011 SAUDI ARABIA
Woman sentenced to 10 lashes for driving through the streets of Jeddah:
09/25/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
First Saudi university to allow men and women together
12/05/2013 SAUDI ARABIA
The Saudi monarch opens to women at the wheel
10/19/2012 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia: 35 women on the Shoura Council
03/11/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
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