Yet Another Saudi Official Blames Society for Women Driving Ban

There is no constitutional or regulatory barriers to prevent women from driving in Saudi Arabia, Justice Minister Muhammad Al-Isa said. This matter is up to society, the minister said, according to al-Hayat daily. This is, of course, not the first time that a Saudi senior official blames society for the ban on women driving. Earlier this year, Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters in Riyadh that women driving is a social matter that has nothing to do with politics. As we said here before, such statements by officials do not really address the issue. If the ban is a social matter, why does the government arrest women who dare to drive?