A Saudi woman has been sentenced to be lashed 10 times with a whip for defying the kingdom’s prohibition on female drivers.
It is the first time a legal punishment has been handed down for a violation of the longtime ban in the ultraconservative Muslim nation.
Police usually stop female drivers, question them and let them go after they sign a pledge not to drive again. But dozens of women have continued to take to the roads since June in a campaign to break the taboo.
The sentence comes two days after King Abdullah promised to protect women’s rights and decreed women would be allowed to participate in municipal elections in 2015. Abdullah also promised to appoint women to the all-male shura council advisory body.
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