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As Saudi decides to allow women drivers, man threatens attack

As Saudi decides to allow women drivers, man threatens attack
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RIYADH: Saudi police arrested a man for allegedly threatening to burn female drivers and their cars taking to the road, just days after royal decree ended the longstanding ban on women driving in the kingdom.

In a short Snapshot video, the man appeared to be in his 20s wearing a traditional white robe said, “I swear to God, any woman whose car breaks down – I will burn her and her car.”

After the seven-second video clip went viral, Public Prosecutor directed the suspect’s arrest, who was not identified. The Saudi Interior Ministry said on Friday announced the man’s arrest on Twitter stating,

شرطة المنطقة الشرقية تقبض على المتهم بتهديد النساء اللاتي يسقن المركبات ، وتحيله للنيابة” “العامة (The Eastern Region Police arrest the accused of threatening women who masturbate the vehicles and transfer them to the Public Prosecution.)

After King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday, 26 September issued a historic decree allowing Saudi women to drive, praises for the move poured in from inside the Saudi kingdom as well as abroad.

The decree is slated to take effect from June 2018.