Sounds completely staged. Someone appears to be trying to block the lifting of the ban from happening.
Saudi woman is killed when she crashes into a concrete block while learning to drive before the country lifts its ban on female drivers
- Woman died during a driving lesson in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- She was learning to drive ahead of lifting of ban on women driving
- Women will be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia from June 2018
A woman in Saudi Arabia has died in a car accident as she was learning how to drive, less than a week after it was announced that the country is lifting the ban on female drivers.
The incident took place in Jeddah, near the Red Sea, reportedly during the woman’s first driving lesson.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced last Tuesday that he will be allowing women to drive from June 2018.
Her husband said that the tragic accident happened as the woman was learning to drive in anticipation of the lifting of the ban next week.
The husband had been teaching her how to drive in their local neighbourhood when she suddenly sped forward and crashed into a concrete block.
The woman died in the crash and her husband was taken to hospital, Gulf News reports.
The incident may be seized upon by some conservative voices who are still critical of women being allowed to drive as of next year – despite Saudi Arabia being the last country in the world where they cannot.
Some Saudis have expressed confusion or outrage after the reversal of a policy that has been backed for decades by prominent clerics.
And while women in Saudi Arabia will be able to get behind the wheel from June 2018, they are still not allowed to marry, divorce, open a bank account, or get a job without permission from a male relative or husband.
They also cannot have any interaction a man who she is not related to without permission from a male guardian, but Riyadh is taking action to combat this issue.
The government is moving to bring female driving instructors from abroad and establish driving schools exclusively for women.