Debate on Saudi Women Driving: Rate of Rape, Fornication, Divorce Would Rise

In a TV debate, Islamic researcher Hussein Al-Nu’ami said that women should not be allowed to drive because they are “subject to menstruation and pregnancy” and “internal psychological factors”, which “prevent women from coping with pressure.” Al-Nu’ami claimed that the rates of rape, fornication, and divorce were higher in societies in which women drove. His argument was countered by Saudi journalist Daham Al-‘Anzi, who asked him: “If a woman commits an act of depravity, what’s that got to do with driving?” The debate was broadcast on the Saudi Selah TV channel and posted on the Internet on September 26, 2014.