Local daily says women must be accompanied by male relative and dressed in head-to-toe robe to ride bikes in parks, recreational areas
Published: 04.01.13, 18:13 / Israel News
A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom's religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restricted, recreational areas.
The Al-Yawm daily on Monday cited an unnamed official from the powerful religious police as saying women can ride bikes in parks and recreational areas but they have to be accompanied by a male relative and dressed in the full Islamic head-to-toe abaya.
Saudi Arabia follows an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam and bans women from driving. Women are also banned from riding motorcycles or bicycles in public places. The newspaper didn't say what triggered the lifting of the ban.
The official says women may not use the bikes for transportation but "only for entertainment" and that they should shun places where young men gather "to avoid harassment."
Do you think they see this as a freedom? Do they consider this a win for women's rights in their country?
Answer by HHx5 at 8:18 AM on Apr. 3, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 2:36 AM on Apr. 3, 2013
Answer by feralxat at 12:43 AM on Apr. 3, 2013
Makes me so glad I was born in America. I couldn't survive in such a restrictive culture.
Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:48 AM on Apr. 3, 2013
Answer by virginiamama71 at 8:37 AM on Apr. 3, 2013