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Saudi Woman Faces Lashes for Driving

She appeals ruling amid protests against law
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2011 1:34 PM CDT
Saudi Woman, Shema, Faces 10 Lashes for Driving
Saudi women walk past cars in a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, street.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

(Newser) – Women are getting the vote in Saudi Arabia—but they still can’t get behind the wheel. A Saudi woman will get 10 lashes for the crime of driving while female, a court has ruled. The woman, called only Shema, has appealed the decision, says a group fighting for women’s right to drive in the country. To protest the law, more women have been taking to the road recently, the BBC notes. (Read more Saudi Arabia stories.)

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