Women in Saudi Arabia to take the wheel from 2018, Twitter feels driverless cars will come early
While the historic decision to allow women to drive has left activists and leaders around the globe overjoyed, it sent Twitter into an overdrive.Updated: Sep 27, 2017 14:12 IST
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced it would permit women to drive from June next year, making the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to do so.
Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of the ultra-conservative absolute monarchy ruled according to sharia law, said the change is ‘legitimate’ under the Islamic legal and moral code and ordered government ministries to make legal amendments.
The longstanding driving ban was seen globally as a symbol of repression of women in the ultra-conservative kingdom and comes after a years-long resistance from female activists.
While the historic decision left activists and leaders around the globe overjoyed, it sent Twitter into an overdrive.
As men and women welcomed the decision, Twitter, however, rallied behind with a pinch of scepticism.
The longstanding driving ban was seen globally as a symbol of repression of women https://t.co/SzC4uc7WUk— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) September 27, 2017
From dripping sarcasm to downright hilarious, here are some reactions:
What the king said: Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive by June 2018.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 27, 2017
What the king didn't say: Hehe. By then we'll have driverless cars.
In the year 2017, on Sep 26th Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive!— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) September 27, 2017
It is a step that has come at least 50 years too late.
Thank YOU, Saudi Arabia for finally letting Women Drive! Now gay woman in Saudi Arabia can drive to their own stoning!— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 27, 2017
Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive; bc the only thing they love more than misogyny is fossil fuels.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 26, 2017
A royal decree has been issued allowing women in Saudi Arabia to drive, per Saudi Foreign ministry.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 26, 2017
Yes this is an announcement in 2017
People acting like Saudi Arabia allowing women to drive is some huge achievement.— RobWD (@Tricki_D) September 27, 2017
All it does is show the world how far behind they are.
Saudi Arabia enters New Stone Age from Old Stone Age, allows women to drive. Stoning still connects the two eras— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) September 27, 2017
Oh wonderful! Saudi Arabia now allows women to drive...But they'll still decapitate or stone them to death for being accused of adultery.— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) September 26, 2017
Saudi Arabia has now lifted the ban on women driving. Get in your cars, ladies and drive. Keep driving until you’ve left the country.— Genderlog (@genderlogindia) September 26, 2017
First Published: Sep 27, 2017 13:30 IST