It is indeed a paradox that while Saudi Arabia’s society and laws come down harshly on unrelated men and women found together in ‘seclusion’, neither the laws nor social disfavor are applied to the millions of unrelated, foreign drivers brought into the country to drive women around. Saudi activist Tahani al-Juhni, in an interview with Al Arabiya TV, notes that rapes and molestations by drivers is not unknown in the Kingdom, yet women are still prevented from driving themselves. I’d add that volitional sex between drivers and their female riders is far from unknown, too. This is truly an area where the supposed “religious protections” of enforced separation of the sexes fails utterly.
Allowing Saudi women to drive will be safer than having them commute with male drivers, a Saudi activist, Tahani al-Juhni, told Al Arabiya in a TV interview this week.
“One journalist at al-Riyadh newspaper urged the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice to follow up on a case of a driver, who after driving female teachers to their homes, raped one of them,” said the activist.
Al-Juhni warned that there are about 2 million chauffeurs in the kingdom and half of them are illegal.
“Those illegal drivers are dangerous for society, especially since there is no law that governs them.”
She warned that some drivers have been known to harass women as well as children.