Saudi Arabia has been criticized all over the world for being male dominant. It is said that rights of women in Saudi Arabia are not properly managed. It is said that this is only Saudi Arabia where women are not allowed to drive but they can drive in all other parts of the world. It is said that gender discrimination is at its peak in Saudi Arabia. It is also said that there are minimal chances for a Saudi woman to work in the market. All these statements are true to some extent and no one can negate them but this is not only Saudi Arabia where these restrictions are found. There are other parts of the world as well where astonishing restrictions upon women are imposed. Purpose of writing this article is to let our readers know about those astonishing restrictions upon the women in other parts of the world.
Road Safety Rules don’t apply to Women – India. In some states of India, traffic safety rules are not applied to the women. They are not bound to wear helmet while riding bikes. As a result of this, thousands of women got injured in accidents every year and dozens die. Still, road safety rules are not applied to women.
Woman Cannot Vote - Saudi Arabia and Vatican City – Saudi Arabia is most important Muslim country of the world and Muslims. They have holy land of Makkah and Madina for which Muslims have strong association. Similarly, Vatican City is very important for Christians as Christianity is led by the Vatican City now days. However, for the greatest surprise both of these countries don’t allow women to vote. A Royal Decree issued in 2011 in Saudi Arabia has sanctioned women to caste vote in the next election of 2015. So, after 2015, Vatican City will be the only country in the world where only men can caste vote.
Abortion is Illegal unless you’re an Idiot – Ecuador – It is illegal in Ecuador to have abortion unless you are an idiot. Actually in Ecuador, in place of idiot, they have used a word “mentally ill”.
Rape Victims can be charged with Crimes – Saudi Arabia and Morocco - Many, many countries fail to protect the victims of rape, but some go a step further. Punishing women for leaving the house without a male companion, for being alone with an unrelated man, or for getting pregnant afterwards are the crimes of women if they are raped.
Women Cannot Leave House without Permission of Husband – Yemen – Yes, in Yemen a woman cannot leave her house without permission of her husband. However, in emergency circumstances she does not need to have permission from her husband.
Women Cannot Drive – Saudi Arabia – It should be noted that there are more than 55 Muslim countries in the whole world but only in Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to drive. It shows that it has no relation with Islam. It is some internal rule of Saudi Arabia and every country has full right of making rules which suit them. In my humble opinion, the purpose of not allowing the women to drive can also be the current capacity of roads in Saudi Arabia. In the crowded cities like Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam people travel with the speed of 30 to 40Km per hour in the peak hours. If women are also given right to drive, there will be at least double traffic on the roads which means spending double time to go and come back from office.
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