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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saudi Woman Sentenced To Lashes For Driving - 28th Sept 2011

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 10 lashes with a whip for defying the country's ban on female drivers.

It is the first time a legal punishment has been handed down for a violation of the longtime ban in the ultra-conservative Muslim nation.

Women drivers are usually stopped and questioned but let go after they pledge not to drive again.

But dozens of female drivers have continued to take to the roads since June in a campaign to break the taboo.

Shaima Jastaina, in her 30s, was found guilty of driving without permission. She has appealed the verdict.

Her sentencing on Tuesday came just two days after King Abdullah promised to protect women's rights.

He declared women could vote, take part in municipal elections in 2015 and that a woman would be appointed to the all-male advisory body, the Shura Council. Read More