The female driver is finally free.
Manal Al-Sharif, the woman who dared to go for a driving jaunt on the roads of Al-Khobar has been released from jail. She was indicted after she released a video of herself driving on YouTube. Driving for females is an act which is strictly off-limits in Saudi Arabia.
Her crime was not so extreme that it be punished. However, the Deputy Minister of Interior, Prince Ahmad, issued a statement proclaiming that, “the Ministry of Interior’s task is to implement an order. It is not our job to say something is right or wrong.” The question of female driving has vexed the Saudis and some believe it is high time the freedom to drive vehicles be granted to females all across the kingdom.