Saudi studies have proved that driving affects ovaries and pelvis. Saudi women seeking permission of driving should realize that this could affect their ovaries and pelvises, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan, a judicial and psychological consultant to the Gulf Psychological Association, told Saudi news website sabq.org.
This statement by the Sheikh had a lot of criticism in whole world. The results of the scientific studies Sheikh Saleh was referring to have been unknown for the rest of the world. People from all around the world have been laughing over this statement since the statement has been given without having any scientific study. Researchers from all over the world are asking from Sheikh to share his research study with them but obviously Sheikh does not have any answer to their questions.
Actually this statement was given in a context of 26th October 2013 when more than 11,000 women showed their intention to drive on the roads of the Kingdom. The head of the Haia, the religious police, Sheikh Abdulatif Al al-Sheikh has recently come out with the comment that: ”Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving is not mandated by any text in Sharia, the Islamic legal code which forms the basis for most Saudi law”.
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.