Saudi sheik warns women that driving will affect their ovaries and pelvises

Saudi sheik warns women that driving will affect their ovaries and pelvises
Saudi sheik warns women that driving will affect their ovaries and pelvises

A Saudi sheik has warned women that driving cars would adversely affect the health of their ovaries and pelvises.

The comment comes as a group of women plan to defy the country’s de facto ban on women drivers, sparked by a fatwah on the act that was issued in the 1990s.

The act of driving “could have a reverse physiological impact,” Sheikh al-Luhaydan told Saudi news website sabq.org (as translated by Al Arabia).

“Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis. This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.

“The result of this is bad and they should wait and consider the negativities,” he said.

The sheik is a judicial and psychological consultant to the Gulf Psychological Association

Saudi activists have planned a day of female driving in protest to the ban.

Thousands of women have signed a declaration on oct26driving.com saying: “Since there are no clear justifications for the state to ban adult, capable women from driving. We call for enabling women to have driving tests and for issuing licenses for those who pass.”

A statement on the website says the campaign “has no anti-Islamic or political agenda for neither Islam nor the official laws of Saudi prohibit women from driving.

“Islam and the Basic Law of Saudi Arabia both ensure that all, regardless of gender, have the right to freedom of movement. King Abdullah has also stated that the ban is only societal,” the statement says.

Spokeswoman for the Women2Drive movement behind the campaign, Manal al-Sharif, was arrested in May 2011 after uploading a video of herself driving through the streets of the city of Khobar in Saudi Arabia.

M.I.A.’s ‘Bad Girls’ video was seen as a criticism of the Saudi fatwa. Photo: Youtube

The ban has sparked continued commentary in popular culture. British rapper M.I.A. made headlines in 2012 with her video for the song “Bad Girls,” which portrayed Saudi women stunt-driving cars in the desert and was taken as a criticism of the Saudi fatwa.

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