Pornography, prostitution will surge if women drive: Saudi clerics

(International Business Times) – A “scientific” report published in Saudi Arabia has claimed that lifting the ban on women drivers would result in “no more virgins”.

The report also warned that such a move would also make more Saudis, both men and women, turn to homosexuality and pornography. The study also predicted a surge in prostitution and divorce.

Such startling conclusions were drawn by Muslim scholars at the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, working in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the King Fahd University, according to the Daily Mail.

The study was made to assess the possible impact of repealing the ban in Saudi Arabia. The country is the only place in the world where women are not allowed to drive a vehicle.

The report was submitted to all 150 members of the Shura Council, the legislative body.

Within 10 years of the ban being lifted, the scholars said, there would be “no more virgins” in the Islamic kingdom.

The religious group pointed to is visible “moral decline” in other Muslim countries where women are allowed to drive.

“All the women were looking at me,” Subhi writes of how women behave in other Arab countries, while he sat at a coffee shop in an unnamed state.

“One made a gesture that made it clear she was available. … This is what happens when women are allowed to drive.”

The study was undertaken after Shaima Jastaniya, a 34-year-old Saudi woman, was sentenced to 10 lashes with a whip after she was caught driving in Jeddah.

Despite strong protests in the country about the sentence and the law in general, there has been little hope for any reforms among conservative royals and clerics.