Saudi Woman Is First In Nation To Drive To Her Own Execution
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - A historic day commences as women in Saudi Arabia are issued driver's licenses for the first time. This marks the end of a decades-old driving ban, one aimed at the prevention of women discovering the extent of the world outside walking distance.
Now with the driving ban lifted, other landmark freedoms have been subsequently given to women. For instance the freedom to control the car’s radio, or the freedom to have both the windows down and the A/C running.
One woman was especially excited with the lifting of the ban on this day, as it allowed her to become the nation's first woman to drive to her own execution. We caught up with her on the morning of her beheading:
“I feel like we are catching up to the rest of the world, that we are no longer this ultra-conservative, feudal, kingdom” said 33-year-old Baheirrah Khrusheim. “Also, imagine the look on all the other prisoners' faces when I pull up to chop-chop (square), in a drop-top.”
She went on to thank Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for granting her the freedom to spend the last night out of jail so that she could go down in history.
“If you told me a month ago that I would be sentenced to death for sneezing five times very, very, quickly, I would have said ‘Yeah probably, that is a little witch-crafty.’ But...if you told me that I was going to drive to my execution? No, no way.”
The Crown Prince has not stopped with reforms in his own country, but has been trying to liberalize the driving policy of neighboring Yemen also. As Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister, he has been waging an impressive war against their neighbor's oppressive DMV system.
For almost three years now, Saudi jets have been dropping bombs on pretty much any building in Yemen that looks like it might be refusing women the right to drive.
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